R.O. Franks Hot Air Balloon Company

R.O. Franks Hot Air Balloon Company Downtown Asheville

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Customer Reviews

251 Ratings

Highly enjoyable and recommended for that "special" event. Very professional and safety conscious. Excellent, hightly experienced pilots and ground crew, who work extremely hard to insure that you have the best possible experience. We are veterans of NAPA valley ballon rides and they have nothing on R.O. Franks and Western NC. Thanks Addison and crew for a fantastic experience! We will be back!
Michael L. · September 5, 2012
Very professional and friendly. Great service and a great time.
Jane P. · June 21, 2012
They did a great job!
Ruby W. · July 21, 2013

What You'll Get


Hot air balloons were originally designed as sky prisons for bullies to spend the rest of their natural lives cruelly mocking the weightlessness of timid clouds. Enjoy a less insulting application of aeronautics with today’s Groupon: for $125, you get admission for one passenger to a 45- to 60-minute hot air balloon ride from R.O. Franks Aviation Company in Asheville, North Carolina (a $250 value).

For 17 years, third-generation and FAA–certified sky engineer R. Addison M. Brown has hoisted panorama junkies into the heavens by harnessing the power of hot, blustery air. The pilot and up to 12 passengers clamber into the gondola just before sunrise, the time of day when winds are calmest and giant pumpkins transform back into balloons. The buoyant sky vessel carries its sightseeing cargo aloft like a helium-filled donkey, rising 500–2,000 feet above ground level as the sun begins its own ascent over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

With permissive weather, passengers may be treated to an intimate and peaceful view of the city as Captain Addison points out local landmarks, such as the historic Biltmore Estate and the mysterious Mothra-shaped crater. Flights last from 45–60 minutes and set off every day, depending on weather conditions.

The Fine Print


Promotional value expires Apr 5, 2017. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 12 per visit. 72hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Subject to availability and weather. Valid only for 1 passenger. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About R.O. Franks Hot Air Balloon Company


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