Hot Air Balloon Ride over Hudson Valley

Duration: 4 hours
Budget: $500

For this adventurous date, take your partner on a magical journey over the picturesque landscapes of the Hudson Valley. Your hearts will beat in unison as you glide through the crisp October air in a hot air balloon. Watch the sunset over the beautiful Valley as you toast to your shared adventure.

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  • Pick your partner up early in the evening and drive to the hot air balloon launching location, set against the stunning backdrop of Hudson Valley. Take time to enjoy the process of the balloon being prepared for your flight while sipping on warm apple cider sourced from the local orchards. As you take to the skies, share thrill-filled glances and marvel at the lush fall color carpeting the valley below. As the balloon floats gently with the wind, get your cameras ready for a spectacular sunset that paints the sky with hues of orange, pink, and purple. Enjoy a romantic toast high in the sky as you relish the incredible vistas of the Hudson Valley and the tranquility of the ride back to earth.

Preparation steps:

  • Ensure to check the weather before and confirm the hot air balloon ride. Wear warm, comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring a light snack if you wish to have a small picnic once you land as there may be some time before you return to the city. Arrive early to enjoy the process of inflating the balloon. Bring your camera or smartphone for amazing photo opportunities. Please note, hot air balloon rides are weather-dependent. If the weather is unfavorable on the day of your ride, we will gladly reschedule your adventure to another day.
  • Plan to have dinner at one of the restaurants in the city after the hot air balloon ride. Make the reservations in advance.
  • This can be a surprise to your partner. Create a fake plan for the evening to keep the hot air balloon ride a surprise until the last moment.

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Some tips:

  • Don't forget to tip the crew. Depending on the balloon company, tipping the crew may be customary.
  • While in the balloon, keep all loose items such as hats or glasses safely secured. The rush of air can easily carry lightweight items away, and you certainly don’t want your favorite hat or sunglasses falling hundreds of feet to the ground.
  • While the hot air balloon ride is a spectacular experience in itself, consider adding an extra layer of surprise by bringing a gift to present to your partner once you’re up in the air or after landing. This could be a sentimental piece of jewelry or simply a heartfelt note expressing your love.

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