Tethered Rides

Perfect way to “Spice up” your event, company get together, Party, etc.

A tethered ride is where our hot air balloon is anchored to the ground.  We take off and land in the same spot over and over again
providing a short ride for your guests in a real hot air balloon. During a two hour tether we can get 100-130 passengers into the air for a memory they will not forget.

A hot air balloon tether requires a large open area to operate from. For events that we travel to, we will require the use of 2-3 vehicles to use as anchor points. Tethers are extremely weather dependent.  In many cases they require stricter weather minimum than a regular flight to be conducted safely. With safety being our utmost concern, all ballooning activities take place in the morning or evening so that the winds are at their calmest and we avoid any thermals. Tethers are always a hit at any event that we go to and you will love seeing all of your guests smiling after their flight.

Tether pricing changes based on a number of different factors including, location, number of guests to go up, and desired flight time.  We will work with you and your event to make sure your tether is a success.  We typically charge two different ways.

#1: We charge a flat hourly rental to the event. The event can charge passengers and keep the charge.

#2: We charge a setup fee for the event and then charge each rider to go up into the balloon.

Please get in contact with us to see how tethers can help your event!  For a quote, call us at any time 574-780-4560 or fill out the form and we will get in contact with you as soon as possible.

Our new system has an Easy Access Door Basket which makes it very easy for passengers to walk in and out of the balloon. Our basket is not FAA certified for wheelchairs but we can accommodate those with walkers. Each participant (or parent/guardian for those under 18 years of age) must sign a Waiver of Responsibility for tethered rides. The pilot and crew always reserves the right to limit who or how many can get into the balloon basket.

We can take four to six passengers per trip depending on our maximum balloon lift. Typically we can lift 750-850 lb per trip. In a one hour period expect 45-65 passengers to be taken up.

For a Hot Air Balloon tether we need a minimum of 150ft x 150ft area clear of obstructions, like trees, powerlines, ect.  The biggest the space the better!  Soccer/Football fields and baseball diamonds work best.  We use a four point tie off system for our tether and will need four tie off points (trucks with trailer hitches work best).

With our four point tether system the height the basket reaches it between 35 to 65 ft. This height is restricted by the wind speeds that day and available area to us.

Due to our weather restrictions, Hot Air Balloons only operate in the early morning hours or late evening hours when clear of thunderstorms and winds below 7mph.  We will come to your event at sunrise or two hours before sunset to begin rides. We can not operate during the day due to high wind gusts and thermals. Hot air balloons are not ridged like gas balloons and therefor have stricter weather maximums.

Please get in contact with us to see how tethers can help your event!  For a quote, call us at any time 574-780-4560 or fill out the form and we will get in contact with you as soon as possible.