Countdown to festival fun:

Balloon Rides

What better way to experience the thrill of hot air ballooning than taking a ride at the New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning! Be a part of the 100 balloons ascending into the sky and experience “Love at First Flight.” You can take a balloon ride (and go up, up and away) during any one of our mass ascensions.

For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.

Leonardo da Vinci

Balloon Rides and Pricing

DatesMorning RidesNight Rides
Friday, July 286:30 pm · $TBD per person
Saturday, July 296:30 am · $TBD per person6:30 pm · $TBD per person
Sunday, July 306:30 am · $TBD per person6:30 pm · $TBD per person

*All balloon rides are wind and weather dependent. Each Passenger taking a flight at the festival must read, sign and email back the waiver linked below.

Your balloon ride does NOT include admission to the festival. You will need to purchase a separate general admission or VIP admission ticket in order to get onto the festival grounds.

Please arrive at least an hour prior to your scheduled flight time to ensure you don’t miss your ride. The overall balloon ride experience can take anywhere from 2-3 hours, and it will be an experience of a lifetime. Your flight will begin when you check-in at our ride operations tent and from there you will be assigned to a pilot. One of the pilot’s crew staff will then escort you onto the launch field to your pilots designated launch location. The in-air flight will last approximately 20 –45 minutes depending on weather conditions. Your pilot and crew will pack up the balloon (you can help too if you want) and you will then be driven back to the festival grounds in the balloon chase vehicle. Children under 42 inches tall will not be permitted to ride the balloons due to safety concerns.

Please take a few minutes to read more about your hot air ballooning adventure:

Tethered Balloon Rides

We offer tethered balloon rides allowing you to get a small taste of ballooning. These balloons are tied to the ground and go up about 75 –100 feet in the air. This is a great way to float above Solberg Airport and see the entire festival grounds! Tethered rides last about 5 minutes and cost $25 per person. Tethered rides can ONLY be purchased onsite at the festival.

NOTE: There are no specific times when we tether balloons. It is at the discretion of our tether pilots and they will give tethered rides whenever wind and weather permits throughout the day. Balloon ride waivers are not required for tethered rides.