A hot air balloon functions by assembling carefully engineered canvas, a large wicker basket, and several canisters filled with the blustery rants of politicians and sportscasters. Harness the antigravitational power of articulated nonsense with this Groupon.
$149 for a Hot Air Balloon Ride with a Champagne Toast ($289.99 Value)
Sportations hosts hot air balloon rides, which depart at sunrise and sunset from various locations around the Philadelphia metro area. The polychromatic vessels and their accompanying pilots convey passengers aged 7 and older high above the bustling metropolis, where they take in stunning vistas during a one-hour flight. The entire experience lasts approximately 3–3.5 hours and also includes balloon inflation and deflation, as well as a postflight champagne toast. Rides take place seven days a week throughout the year.
Adventure Balloon Sports
In the 1700s, a hot air balloon was a strange and potentially worrisome sight, especially because pilots often landed in unsuspecting civilians’ backyards. To build goodwill with anyone they scared, balloon pilots carried a bottle of champagne on every flight. This tradition of the convivial champagne toast still lives on at Adventure Balloon Sports, where, after each landing, the company’s FAA-certified pilots pour a celebratory glass of bubbly for each passenger.
But before the toast, the adventure begins as flights soar skyward, showcasing Colorado’s rugged terrain and the majestic sprawl of the Rocky Mountains. No two flights are the same—after departing, pilots can only fully control the balloon’s vertical motion, meaning balloons often safely land in neighboring towns, rather than in the local hot air balloon parking lot.