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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 · $325 per person
Saturday, July 296:30 am · $275 per person6:30 pm · $350 per person
Sunday, July 306:30 am · $275 per person6:30 pm · $325 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:

Balloon Ride Waiver

Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Liability, and Indemnification Agreement

Congratulations on your decision to experience the magic of lighter-than-air flight with your purchase of hot air balloon rides at the 2023 New JerseyLottery Festival of Ballooning. Please read the following carefully, as we require your consent to the below mentioned terms and conditions. Please feel free to call us at (973) 882-5464 if you have any questions.

By signing below, you acknowledge, understand and agree that hot air balloon activities contain an inherent risk of injury or death to yourself, and damage to your property. You understand that such risks include but are not limited to: (a) loss of or damage to personal property; (b) bodily injury or fatality; (c) accident or illness in remote places without medical facilities; and (d) all risks explained during pre-flight meetings/briefings. You understand that the pilot is not a medical professional and cannot assess your physical or emotional condition. You stipulate that you are in good physical and mental condition and/or have consulted your personal physician or taken whatever steps necessary to determine that you have no conditions that might limit your participation in ballooning activities. You understand and agree that no medical benefits will be provided to you during these ballooning activities, and that you and/or your insurance shall be solely liable to pay for any medical expenses incurred on my behalf.

You certify that you are 18 years of age or older, or that you are the legal guardian and/or parent of the minor passenger with authority to sign this document on said minor’s behalf. By signing this document you acknowledge that the weight you listed on your hot air balloon ride reservation is current and correct. If you are signing for a minor passenger, all waivers, releases, assumptions of risk, terms of agreement,representations, acknowledgements, and certifications apply equally to such minor.

Being aware of the risks involved, you are voluntarily and willingly assuming full responsibility for all risks and dangers involved with or arising from your participation in hot air balloon activities whether during flight preparation, take-off, flight, landing, travel to or from the take-off or landing areas, or otherwise. You agree to follow all instructions of the pilot in connection with this hot air balloon activity and understand that your failure to do so may jeopardize your safety and the safety of the pilot, other passengers, and other persons.

Therefore, you hereby irrevocably release the following entities:

✓ Festival of Ballooning, Inc. (owner of The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning);

✓ The Balloon Ride Operator;

✓ The hot air pilot providing the balloon rides to the undersigned passengers;

✓Solberg Airport;

their owners, employees, agents, representatives, contractors, subcontractors, successors, and crew members (the “Released Parties”) from, and hold them harmless for, all claims, rights, demands or causes of action arising out of the ballooning activities, which you or your successors, heirs, or assigns may have against the Released Parties in connection with ballooning activities. You agree to make no claims against or sue the Released Parties for injuries, death, or property damage that is caused due to the ordinary negligence of the Released Parties or any dangerous conditions of any property upon which the ballooning activities may take place.

You agree to engage in good faith efforts to mediate any dispute that might arise. Should the issue not be resolved by mediation, you agree that the issue will be submitted to binding arbitration. Such arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association currently in effect.

You further agree that if any portion of this Hot Air Balloon Agreement (including Assumption of Risk, Waiver or Liability, Covenant not to Sue, and Indemnification Agreement) is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.

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.

New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning
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