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Celebrating 36 years of Continuous Safe Flying !!

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Hot Air Balloon Over Water

Our balloon flights are scheduled early in the morning just after sunrise when the wind is at its calmest, usually less than 10 mph. Spring and Summer flights launch at 6:00 AM, Fall and Winter flights launch at 7:00AM. Flight length is at least one hour in duration with the entire process taking appx 2 1/2 – 3 hours.

The distance traveled during a flight is dependent on the wind direction and speed but averages between 5-15 miles. We vary the altitude from a few hundred feet to a few thousand feet depending on terrain and daily conditions which can offer a view of up to 50-100 miles, sometimes a three or four state view! You can see Long Island and upstate New York to the south and west, Massachusetts and New Hampshire to the north.

The flight begins with us inflating the balloon at one of our launch sites which takes appx 20 minutes. When inflation is complete passengers board, photos taken and we’re off slowly into the air with our chase crew right behind us. The crew is there to assist with the landing, pack up and to transport us back to the launch site. After the flight we offer a complimentary traditional Champagne toast, light snack and a special balloon pin to commemorate your trip.

Our balloons are engineered for and can comfortably carry up to five passengers plus the pilot. Typically, we only carry four passengers, which gives us better range in flight time and distance traveled, however if your party is five people we can easily accommodate you. With sufficient notice we can accommodate large groups of almost any size with several balloons.

Inflating the Balloon

What to Wear And Bring

We suggest you wear waterproof footwear to avoid having squishy wet sneakers in the fields laden with morning dew. Please do not wear flip flops, sandals or boots with tall heels. Dress in layers for that season and we suggest you bring sunglasses, and a well charged up digital camera. We used to say bring plenty of film but we’re doing our best to enter the 21st century.

Launch Sites

Our launch sites are located in Southington, Farmington, Bethlehem and New Hartford, CT. Drive time from NYC, Long Island or the Boston area is appx 2 hours. We are easily accessible from Bradley International Airport or if you are flying yourself here our local airport is Robertson Field (4B8). Our launch sites for any flight are dependent of wind speed and direction to offer you the most scenic flight path as possible. Our goal is to make your flight one of those pleasant experiences that you will never forget.


Site 1: The Aqua Turf Club

GPS users: Enter 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT 06479  

or

From I-84 heading West, take Exit 29 (left exit)

  • Go straight ahead at the end of the ramp onto Mulberry Street.
  • Go through two Stop Signs, 1/2 mile past the 2nd Stop sign, entrance is on the right.
  • Park autos in parking lot in the extreme left and all the way to the rear

Site 2: Panthorn Park

GPS users- Enter the intersections of Burritt Street and Echo Valley Drive, Plantsville, CT 06479

or

From I-84 heading East, take Exit 28:

  • Go straight through intersection onto Ruggles Row.
  • Make 1st left onto Burritt Street.
  • Park entrance is 1/4 mile on the right at the intersection of Echo Valley Drive
  • Meeting area is the parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts

From I-84 heading West, take Exit 28:

  • Turn right at the bottom of the ramp
  • Make left at first light onto Ruggles Row
  • Make left at first stop sign onto Burritt Street.
  • Park entrance is 1/4 mile on the right at the intersection of Echo Valley Drive
  • Meeting area is the parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts

From I-691 heading West, take Exit 3 (Rte 10):

  • Turn right at end of ramp onto Rte 10 heading north
  • At first light, bear Left and stay on Rte 10.
  • At second light, turn left onto Clark Street.
  • Make first right turn onto Burritt Street.
  • Follow Burritt St. approximately one mile, Panthorn Park is on right side at the intersection of Echo Valley Drive.
  • Meeting area is the parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts

Site 3: Western Little League


GPS users: Enter 662 Spring Street, Southington,CT 06489-  This address is a private residence opposite the entrance to the park.  The residents of this address have no connection to us so please don't ring their bell looking for us!

From I-84 heading East, take Exit 31:

  • Turn left at the end of the ramp
  • At the 6th traffic light, turn right onto Spring Street
  • Look for gated entrance approximately 200 yards on the left, just after the soccer field
  • Once inside the park, park vehicles in the lot all the way down on the right hand side 
  • Launch field is on the left hand side
  • If gate is locked, wait in the driveway with your engine off. We will be there soon!

From I-84 heading West, take Exit 31 (Rte 229 / West Street):

  • Turn right at the end of the ramp
  • At the 4th traffic light, turn right onto Spring Street
  • Look for gated entrance approximately 200 yards on the left, just after the soccer field
  • Once in the driveway, park in the lot at the end on the right hand side
  • Launch field is on the left hand side
  • If gate is locked, wait in the driveway with your engine off. We will be there soon!

Site 4: Town Hall New Hartford, CT

530 Main St, New Hartford, CT 06057

  • Meeting area is the parking lot behind the Town Hall.

Site 5: Whelan Farms Airport

249 Hard Hill Road North, Bethlehem  CT