& Beyond Ballooning has been providing safe, enjoyable hot air balloon rides in NJ and PA for
more than a decade. We specialize in private hot air balloon flights for two or more passengers, as well as group balloon flights for up to 30 or more passengers.
Following the traditions of the
early aeronauts, we will embark on a journey filled with moments of
excitement and serenity alike. As our guests of honor, your flight
is guaranteed to be memorable and breathtaking!
Above & Beyond Ballooning is one of the most experienced balloon companies in the Northeast,
centrally located in beautiful Hunterdon County, NJ and Chester County, PA. We provide champagne hot air balloon rides, corporate
hot air balloon advertising, new hot air balloon sales & construction, hot air
balloon flight instruction and much
more. With many years in the business, we've been there, done that -
and have given smiles to thousands of satisfied customers!
We have been providing hot air balloon rides in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other locations for
over a decade, maintaining a perfect safety record throughout our history in ballooning. This means NO accidents, NO incidents, and NO injuries - ever. We aim to keep it that way!
|The unique view
from another balloon above us
do we fly?
We offer a number of convenient hot air balloon launch sites in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We schedule and fly hot air
balloon rides in Pennsylvania & New Jersey from June through September. In the months of October through May, we offer balloon rides in Phoenix, Arizona. In October, we offer balloon rides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In New Jersey, we fly in
the Readington, NJ area. Our main launch site is Solberg Airport, easily accessible just minutes off of Routes 78, 22 and 202.
Readington is approximately 50 minutes West of New York City and is the
closest balloon flying area to NYC and Long Island. Our flights often take us over
the beautiful landscape of Hunterdon County, Warren County and
Somerset County. To schedule a hot air balloon flight in New Jersey, reserve online here.
In Eastern Pennsylvania, we fly primarily from
a hot air ballooning facility located near the intersection of Routes 100
and 401 in Chester Springs,
PA. This launch site is easily accessible and approximately four miles
North of the PA Turnpike at Exit 312 (Downingtown). It's a
45-minute drive from Philadelphia to this launch site. We'll see
Chester County, Montgomery County, Berks County and sometimes
Lancaster County from the air. To schedule a hot air balloon flight in Pennsylvania, reserve online here.
Directions page for driving directions and maps to our launch sites.
Events & Group Flights
For occasions such as
company picnics, workshops, team-building experiences, family gatherings, weddings and other functions, we specialize in
large group flight excursions. We can easily handle
parties of 30 or more with multiple balloons. Large groups
will be divided into groups of 2 to 6 passengers per balloon, with
our largest balloons capable of carrying up to 12 at a time in
luxurious, comfortably-padded baskets. Group discount rates apply for four or more
passengers at one time. Be sure to plan ahead at least a few weeks for group flights, although we'll always try to accommodate last-minute bookings.
Amazing, unique and extraordinary Adventure
Flight Packages are available for a premium. Check out our
one-of-a-kind ballooning expeditions close to home. We are the only
hot air balloon company currently offering balloon flights over NYC.
Prices & Online Reservations
Visit our Pricing
section to see our current hot air balloon ride rates and book a NJ or PA balloon flight online.
Foliage Sunrise Flight
can we fly?
We fly hot air balloons seven
days a week, morning or afternoon during our flying season. Weekend evenings always tend to fill up first, so if you
plan on a weekend flight, be sure to call at least two weeks in
advance to ensure your date is available. However, we can often schedule your flight with a day's
notice (sometimes less!).
As a rule of thumb, we recommend booking your
preferred balloon flight date at least two weeks in advance to be certain it
be available. However, last-minute bookings are always possible -
just give us a call to find out if we have immediate availability.
As always, all hot air balloon
flights are weather permitting (see below)
and at the discretion of the pilot-in-command.
do our balloon flights depart?
We can only launch twice a day, weather permitting - at
sunrise and 2 hours before sunset. These times are when the winds
are calmest to allow for a most enjoyable flight. During the middle
of the day, it's usually too unstable to fly due to thermals and
wind gusts. As an added bonus, sunrise & sunset are the most
breathtaking times of day for balloon photography. The vivid light
and rich color of the low sun on the horizon allows for many fantastic photo
For morning flights, we will
meet at the launch site approximately 30 minutes before
sunrise. In the afternoons, we generally meet two-and-a-half hours before
sunset. Be sure to ask for the current meeting time when you call to
confirm on the night before your morning flight or the day of your
offers a wonderful view of the wildlife and scenery on NJ, NY
& PA balloon rides
High/Fast/Far will we fly?
Since balloons only travel as
fast as the wind is blowing, we won't go much faster than 8 to 10
miles per hour near the ground. If the winds low to the ground are any
quicker than that,
takeoffs and landings become a bit tricky. In those cases, we simply
don't fly. There's an old and wise saying we use in the ballooning
circle - "It's better to be on the ground wishing we were up
there, than to be in the air wishing we were down here!"
Most of our hot air balloon
flights last over an hour, so we will cover anywhere from 2 to 20
miles in that time. You'll traverse lots of countryside and witness
diverse changes in scenery on a typical balloon ride in New Jersey.
As to how high we'll be
soaring, we can fly anywhere from treetop level to many thousands of feet up!
Down low among the trees is arguably the most enjoyable part of any
flight. You'll be able to pick leaves and converse with earthbound
folks as we gently float along.
We also like to climb up high to give passengers an expansive vista of Central and North Jersey
from a few thousand feet up. On a clear day as seen from a hot air
balloon, we can usually make out the
skylines of both New York City and Philadelphia on the distant
horizons, as well as the Kittatinny Mountains and Delaware Water Gap to the Northwest and the
Atlantic Ocean to the East.
|Balloons floating gently
over a Hunterdon County neighborhood on a beautiful summer
afraid of heights! What should I expect?
Acrophobia: The fear of
heights. I'll venture to guess perhaps 80% or more of all our
passengers have some degree of apprehension about leaving the
For those passengers who are
adventurous enough to conquer their own fears and take to the air,
99.9% of them get back on the ground and vow to come back and do it
again with us!
There's a simple explanation
for this seemingly remarkable phenomenon:
straight down the side of a tall building, parking garage or
similar high place, you are able to visualize your physical
connection to the ground. This actual perceived height is what
makes you step back from the edge, grasp that railing a little
tighter, or in extreme cases, get a little sick to your stomach.
However, in a hot
air balloon basket, there is no visible connection to the ground.
This detachment from the earth essentially removes any uneasy sensations
of height. Furthermore, there is no relative altitude in a balloon
- whether two feet above the treetops or two thousand feet up, it
all feels the the same. But the view is much better from up high!
We're sure you'll have no
worries once you're up there. If you can get past your initial concern
about leaving the ground, you'll be just fine!
about motion sickness?
Turbulence is unheard of, as we
are not fighting the wind like an airplane has to. Since the hot air
balloon floats along with the wind, there's no movement to worry
While airborne, the basket is
perfectly balanced underneath the balloon and there is no rocking
sensation. The entire flight is very smooth, and changes in altitude
are gradual and hardly noticeable. Passengers who suffer from even
the most severe cases of motion sickness will not feel any effects
from a balloon ride.
our toes wet in a local pond. This favorite maneuver of pilots
and passengers alike is called a "splash &
Everybody is welcome to fly
with us! We've flown passengers from age 6 to 96. However, there
are a few requirements we need to stand by to make the ride pleasant
and enjoyable for all.
You should be in good physical
shape with no recent surgeries, broken bones or other medical issues
which may affect your ability to take part in a physical activity.
You'll also need to be able to stand for the duration of the balloon
flight (at least one hour). It is important that we be informed of
all potential medical/physical problems at the time of flight
reservation. In most cases there is no reason for us not to fly a
passenger, but we do need to be aware. The safety of our friends and
passengers is paramount.
The weather is the most
influential factor on any hot air balloon flight, and the winds will
determine our landing conditions. Despite all the advances in modern
forecasting technology and up-to-the-minute aviation weather
resources we have at our command, weather is still ultimately unpredictable in
flight. Keeping that in mind, there is always the possibility of an occasional
windy, bumpy landing. In this case, the basket may make a firm touchdown, tip over
in the direction of travel, and drag along the ground until the
balloon deflates and we come
to a final stop.
For many people, this is an exciting addition to an
already adventurous flight! However, for others, a hard landing may not be
they expected at the end of a graceful balloon ride. We like to
educate and prepare all our passengers that every flight has the
potential to end this way. Although we will never launch when
conditions are expected to result in such an exciting landing,
there's always the possibility we might have a little more fun than
we anticipated. Our professional pilots are skilled and prepared to
handle any possible situation in the air.
Ballooning is one of the safest
forms of aviation, but it still has inherent dangers like all other
outdoor recreational activities. Please be aware
of your physical limitations when scheduling a balloon ride, as it
is important to understand all the possible risks involved.
Children are always welcomed, however
they should be at least 42 inches tall to be able to see over the
basket edge. We don't often recommend children under six years of
age, mainly because they'll have to stand still for an hour. Most
kids that young will get fidgety and restless after a few minutes of
standing in the same place. As well, many youngsters are afraid of
the loud noise the burner makes. However, if you're sure your young
child will be willing and able to behave well, we'll be glad to have
them join us on the balloon flight.
We regret that we cannot take
up those who are pregnant. If you wait a few years and take
your child up when they're old enough to appreciate it, it'll be a much more enjoyable
experience for the both of you.
Per FAA regulations,
intoxicated passengers cannot be flown.
sunset hot air balloon flight. Hot air balloon rides are
offered at sunrise or two hours before sunset.
should I wear and bring?
There's not much of a noticeable
temperature difference at the altitudes we normally fly, so you should dress
for an outdoor activity according to the season and temperature of
that day. It's probably best to wear clothes that you aren't afraid
to get wet or dirty, although we certainly won't aim to do such
Waterproof shoes or
boots are a good idea in the mornings, as it's not uncommon for
the ground to be very wet with dew. Shorts and skirts may not be suitable
for some of our landing spots. Hiking boots, sneakers, or a
comfortable flat shoe are the preferred footwear. Heeled shoes
should be avoided at all costs.
Feel free to bring along your
camera or video recorder. Bring extra memory cards and batteries - they run out fast! For large or expensive camera equipment, be sure to bring a padded bag or
case to stow the equipment in before final landing. We cannot be responsible
for personal property.
The fastest way to check availability and reserve a flight is to make reservations online:
Please call us toll-free at 1-844-9-HOT-AIR if you have any further questions about hot air balloon rides in New Jersey & Pennsylvania.
We look forward to
sharing a truly wonderful experience with you.