From seeing the Catskills with a new vantage point to enjoying a romantic and truly secluded moment with your partner, there’s nothing quite like our area’s hot air balloon rides! Take in the stunning views of picturesque towns, meandering streams, and lush greens on a unique adventure.
We know you won’t run out of things to do around the Inn but if you want to take your fun to new heights, there are many hot air balloon companies in or near Middletown, NY, which is just a 40-minute drive from the Inn at Lake Joseph.
Please keep in mind that the balloons are weather sensitive and most companies offer flights right after sunrise and right before sunset. It’s a good idea to book ahead if you have a specific date in mind to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion and know that October is a very popular month for rides to catch the fall foliage.
Above the Clouds
Above the Clouds has been serving the area with hot air balloon rides for more than 30 years with a perfect safety record and offers a range of flight options twice a day every day of the week.
Take to the skies with the traditional champagne balloon flight ($295 per person), offered every day in the morning and evening, with a 45 – 60-minute flight followed by a champagne toast.
You’ll also get a keepsake photo, though this is a group flight accommodating up to eight passengers. Other options include a short flight of up to 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday, an exclusive short flight for two any day of the week, or exclusive one-hour flight for two with champagne and a photo for $999 per couple.
Flight reservations can be made by calling 845-692-2556.
Blue Sky Balloons
Blue Sky Balloons is a hot air balloon ride company in Poughkeepsie, NY and offers flights after sunrise and just prior to sunset for $225 per person or $575 for a two-person exclusive flight. The total time for a trip with Blue Sky Balloons is about two to two and a half hours with a one-hour flight time. Reservations are made online and the company will call or email to confirm your reservation.
Flights are operated by pilot Bill Hughes, a former Navy pilot, with more than 9,000 hours of flying experience. Hughes has been in the balloon industry for more than 40 years and has a perfect safety record and even trains pilots during the winter season.
Enchanted Balloon Tours
Enchanted Balloon Tours offers flights over the Hudson Valley and is operated by second-generation balloonists with a perfect safety record. Flights are offered on weekends from April through November with pricing starting at $275 per person for a one-hour group flight at sunrise or you can book the exclusive two-person flight with a champagne toast at sunrise for $1,200 per couple. The company also offers gift certificates for special occasions.
Schedule your flight or get more information by calling 845-649-9654.
Fantasy Balloon Flights
Fantasy Balloon Flights is another local company that offers more intimate flights with pilots Ken and Lana Smith, a husband and wife team. Soar over the Hudson Valley region and soak up the views of the Catskills on this romantic journey at affordable prices. Flights start at $199 per person and include champagne and a flight certificate. The Smiths have been flying over Orange County, NY for more than 30 years with a 100% safety record.
Reserve a flight by calling 845-856-7103.
A hot air balloon ride over the Catskills and surrounding counties of New York can be an excellent way to catch a spectacular sunrise or sunset. View other activities you can enjoy during a stay at the Inn at Lake Joseph.