$125 for a Hot Air Balloon Ride from R.O. Franks Aviation Company in Asheville, NC ($250 Value)

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Laura K. ·
October 24, 2012
Well organized. Roweena was a skilled and entertaining pilot. Highly recommend!


Judith A. ·
October 27, 2011
We especially enjoyed the balloon set up; and, our pilot/Addison was quite the professional. He shared with us that he's been chasing balloons since he was 15; he's now 31! So the company is owned by him and his mother--who piloted the smaller balloon. We were 8 passengers plus our pilot; and, amazingly--both the lift off and landing were extrememly peaceful. We were in the air about 40 minutes and loved the view. WHAT A RIDE!! J.A. & L. Marchinda


Ruby W. ·
July 21, 2013
They did a great job!

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 a 45- to 60-minute hot air balloon ride from R.O. Franks Aviation Company in Asheville, North Carolina (a $250 value).

For 15 years, third-generation 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 four 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 1,000-3,000 feet above ground level as the sun begins its own ascent over the Blue Ridge Mountains. With permissive weather, passengers may even 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 minutes to one hour and set off every day, depending on weather conditions. Riders should book as early in advance as possible and call an hour before their scheduled time to check-in.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 3, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 8 per visit. Subject to availability. 72hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Subject to weather. Valid for 1 passenger. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About R.O. Franks Aviation Company

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