A Hot Air Balloon Ride in NJ: Where To Get Up, Up and Away

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Soaring up, up, and away on a hot air balloon ride in NJ can be an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind adventure that lets you view the Garden State’s landscapes and waterways from above the treetops. And if you missed seeing the NJ Festival of Ballooning this year, this experience captures all the thrills of seeing and actually being in the sky— step into the wicker basket and go where the wind takes you (and for the apprehensive, no worries since there isn’t a sensation of height when you’re in it). Most flights come with a glass of champagne, a tradition dating back to the first balloonists in France, perfect for celebrating your first (or any) journey. Feel like you’re ready to take flight? Scroll on for the best places to have an adventure in the sky.

Featured photo image: Istock/Mirexon

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Where to Go For A Hot Air Balloon Ride in New Jersey

A-Lot-A Hot Air Balloon Rides
Fly high above the rolling hills of Hunterdon County to catch a birds’ eye view of wildlife, forests, and farmland, and maybe a glimpse of the NYC or Philadelphia skylines if the weather is just right. Colorful fall foliage rides are particularly popular, but the one-hour flights are offered year-round.
Clinton, NJ area
(908) 996-4233
Prices start at $250 per person

Tewksbury Balloon Adventures
Tewksbury Balloon Adventures is the only hot air balloon ride in NJ to offer its own licensed Balloonport for a more private, exclusive experience. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres once you’re back on solid ground.
29 Oldwick Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
(908) 439-3320
Prices start at $225 per person

Have Balloon Will Travel
As you take in all the sights and sounds of the beautiful Delaware River Valley, you will be in capable hands with a pilot who competes in national hot air balloon races and has accrued over 2,000 flight hours.
57 Old Belvidere Road, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
(610) 905-9188
Prices start at $210 per person

Hunterdon Ballooning
Under the guidance of the pros, families can be part of the action of this hot air balloon ride in NJ by helping to prepare the hot air balloon for inflation and flight, a process almost as thrilling as the ride itself.
64 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ 08833
(908) 788-5415
Prices start at $315 per person

Alexandria Balloon Flights
You won’t miss a single one of the amazing photo ops because this company’s “chase crew” takes pics of your ride while the pilot captures the memorable moments from above. All of the digital images are then emailed at no extra charge.
48 Sky Manor Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867
(908) 479-4878
Prices start at $175 per person

Above & Beyond Ballooning
The crew takes pride in providing an above and beyond experience with flights soaring higher than usual heights, often reaching a mile above the earth. Then travel close to the ground and delight in the “splash and dash,” where you will skim the surface of the water without ever getting your feet wet.
Readington/Clinton, NJ area
(844) 9-HOT-AIR
Prices start at $200 per person

Balloons in Flight over NJ
If you’re looking for a more social adventure, book a multiple balloon launch experience, and you’ll feel like you’re at a mini balloon festival. Get to know the passengers of the other hot air balloons at a tailgate party and exchange pictures of your high-flying excursion.
PO Box 5339, Clinton, NJ 08809
(888) 301-2383
Rates start at $215 per person

Balloons Over Clinton
You’ll get the celebrity treatment with chief pilot and owner Ken Loesser, who once flew Nick Cannon for America’s Got Talent opening segment. Your ride will take you over the bucolic countryside in this quaint and peaceful region of New Jersey.
Clinton, NJ area
(908) 996-3333
Call for rates

Skylands Ballooning
This husband-and-wife team, who serve as pilot and crew chief, have lived in the NJ Skylands region for most of their lives and will bring you to some of the area’s most picturesque spots.
PO Box 175, Blairstown, NJ 07825
(908) 229-1027
Prices start at $225 per person

Have you ever gone on a hot air balloon ride in NJ? Let us know what it was like in the comments below!

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About Author

Charissa is a mom to two teenage girls and one very pampered pup. A lover of good books, strong coffee and bad puns, she has worked in publishing for 20+ years as a writer and copy editor. When not at home watching Gilmore Girls (Team Jess!), Charissa and her daughters enjoy hiking at Jockey Hollow, unearthing hidden treasures at local thrift stores (The Bargain Box in Morristown is one of their faves) and eating their way through New Jersey’s food truck festivals.

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