Rides

Up, Up & Away!

Experience the incredible exhilaration of a hot air balloon ride! Imagine silently floating above the treetops and enjoying a bird’s eye view as the world glides below you. At Balloon Odyssey, we fly with the finest pilots available. Balloon Odyssey has been flying passenger rides in Louisville since 1974.

A balloon ride is a wonderful gift for that special someone, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or the introduction to an exciting new sport.

Please contact us today to schedule your ballooning adventure!   Our phone number is 502-245-1588

Gift Certificates are available for that special someone in your life and can be picked up in person or mailed anywhere you like.

    • A gift certificate is the ultimate gift for a treasured memory.
    • Great for any occasion….Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries.
    • You can select the date for the flight or your special someone can schedule at their convenience.
    • The certificate is valid for one full year.
    • Please contact us today!
  • 1 passenger …… $240.00
  • 2 passenger …… $470.00
    • 3 or more in your group? …. Please call us at (502) 245-1588 or send us an email about special rates for groups of three or more passengers.   MasterCard and Visa are gladly accepted.   Please contact us today!
  • To make your balloon ride more enjoyable, here are a few tips:
    • The temperature in the basket will be about the same as the temperature on the ground.  If you would wear a jacket or sweater on the ground, then you will want it in the balloon.
    • Dress comfortably: Jeans, tennis shoes, and please no high heels.
    • We schedule flight times both early morning and late evenings all year round. To schedule your ride, please call us at (502) 245-1588. If you need to re-schedule your ride, we need to know at least three days in advance.
    • You will be aloft approximately 1 hour, but please allow 2-1/2 to 3 hours for the entire adventure.
    • A balloon is limited in the amount of weight it can carry. Therefore, we need to know in advance if you weigh more than 210 pounds.  This information will help us to schedule your ride on a day in which we are sure you will be able to enjoy your ride.
    • If you are 65 years of age or older, please let us know in advance.  We would like to check on the physical condition of passengers in this category before scheduling a flight.  Landings can be a bit bouncy, and you will be required to climb into and out of the basket.
    • If you are pregnant, just had surgery, have knee or back problems, or can’t stand up for at least an hour, we are sorry, but no flights allowed!   No exceptions. (We are happy to give you a refund or transfer your certificate to someone else if you fall into this category.)
  • We will meet for the flight in Middletown (please see the map below). This is where anyone wishing to see and follow the flight should meet as well.  We welcome your family and friends to come along and follow our chase crew while you are on your flight.  Please contact us today for more information!
  • In preparation for your flight, please thoroughly review the following releases.

    We will ask you to sign these releases prior to your flight.

    Please feel free to download them, print them, and bring them with you.

    Passenger Briefing and Landing Preparation

    Passenger Release of Liability

     

     

    Does Balloon Odyssey give Balloon Rides?

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    Does Balloon Odyssey give Balloon Rides?

    Yes.   We love to share ballooning with others.  Balloonists fly for the pure pleasure of flying. Once you have experienced the exhilaration of silent flight you will anxiously await your next opportunity to fly. You will look forward to sharing this adventure with your family and friends.

    Please see our balloon rides page for additional information.

    Where do we meet for a balloon flight?

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    Where do we meet for a balloon flight?

    We originate each flight from 108 Urton Lane, Louisville, KY 40223. We are conveniently located with easy access to the Gene Snyder Freeway.

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    When Do You Fly Hot Air Balloons?

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    When Do You Fly Hot Air Balloons?
    Hot Air Balloons operate best and safely when atmospheric air conditions are dry and stable with light winds.
    Early in the morning and late evening tend to provide the best conditions most of the year as during the middle of the day the heat of the sun generates thermals which make the balloon very difficult to control.
    We schedule both morning and evening flights year round.  Our morning flights meet approximately 30 minutes before sunrise, and our evening flights meet about 2-1/2 hours before sunset.

    Please call to reserve your flight date or for more information about balloon rides.

    Is there an Age Requirement for a Balloon Ride?

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    Is there an Age Requirement for a Balloon Ride?

    We suggest that children should be tall enough to stand in the basket and see over the top of the basket. In addition, we suggest that children be old enough to be able to stand in the basket for about an hour without getting too restless.    This is for their own enjoyment.

    If children do not meet these guidelines, it is highly unlikely that they will enjoy the experience. It has been our experience that children who have reached age 10, usually, meet these guidelines.

     

    What does it cost for 3 or more passengers?

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    What does it cost for 3 or more passengers?

    Please contact us for special rates for larger groups.