Balloon animals may look cute, but even the horses are incredibly hard to ride. Board a more buoyant balloon with today’s Groupon: for $159, you get a sunrise hot air balloon flight with Vegas Balloon Rides (a $295 value).
Vegas Balloon Rides offers bird’s-eye views of the majestic Red Rock Mountains and the neon-trimmed Vegas Strip from heights of up to 1,000 feet. The one-hour sunrise flight begins a half hour before dawn, with a brief briefing about dirigible do's and don’ts. Watch the modest balloon’s ego inflate to more than 10 stories tall, then climb aboard the gondola to anxiously await takeoff. Airborne adventurers drift silently over the city and float high above the calm countryside, keeping eyes peeled for people that look like ants, and silos that look like people. Upon anchoring, enjoy one of the oldest balloon-borne traditions with a champagne toast to windward travel. Flight patterns and landing sites can vary, depending on the prevailing winds, so allow up to four hours for the entire adventure.
- Imagine yourself gently floating over the hustle and bustle of the Strip at sunrise. Escape the glitz and the glamor and experience the feeling of peace and tranquility as you take in unobstructed, 360 degree views of Las Vegas and the gorgeous surrounding landscape. – Chris, Brilliant Tips
- If you’ve worked over all the nighttime hotspots in town but the adrenaline’s still pumping come the break of dawn, maybe a hot air balloon ride is just [sic] thing to settle you down for a long morning’s nap. – Erika Pope, Vegas Chatter
Vegas Balloon Rides
The hot air balloon has been in use since the 18th century, and the pilots of Vegas Balloon Rides enjoy introducing the public to humankind's oldest form of air travel. Customers hover into the Las Vegas airspace on traditional ballooning flights manned by FAA-certified pilots, which end with celebratory champagne toasts and the balloon silently blushing from all the compliments. The flights tour Las Vegas and its surrounding wilderness in rainbow-patterned inflatables composed of durable rip-stop nylon ideal for safe flying. Coasting along at the same speed as the wind, pilots steer their propane-powered flying machines an average of 10 miles per ride.