Show-Me Five: Ballooning Missouri

If someone asks you “Would you like to fly in my beautiful balloon?” – say yes! A view from the sky, floating along with the birds, is a view of Missouri you will never forget. Flights take off at dawn and dusk – and cool autumn weather is perfect for flying a balloon. Most flights last an hour, but plan on up to three hours for the entire experience. Choose from a private, romantic flight for two, a floating party of 14 shared with friends or a group flight with more than one party – it varies by company. Nearly all flights end with a champagne or sparkling fruit juice toast and a commemorative flight certificate. Check out these Missouri ballooning opportunities – and take to the skies this fall!

Photo by Jon Aikin.

Balloons Over the Rainbow – House Springs

Contact Info: 314-402-8010; keithfear@balloonsovertherainbow.com

Locally owned and operated, Balloons Over the Rainbow offers hot-air balloon rides in the St. Louis metro area. All flights are group flights of a minimum of four people, unless you book a private flight.

St. Louis Ballooning Adventures – St. Louis

Contact Info: 314-550-1061; J828587@live.com

All flights are private, meaning only you or your group will be in the balloon with the pilot. Just purchase a flight certificate and then schedule your flight anytime through the year.

Balloon Stormers – Ashland/Columbia

Contact Info: 573-814-4000; info@RideBalloon.com

The BalloonStormers balloon carries four passengers, plus the pilot, and flies seven days a week, twice a day (at sunrise and within two hours of sunset), weather permitting. Owner/pilot Gary Sines has more than 27 years of experience as a hot-air balloon pilot.

Branson Balloon – Branson

Contact Info: 417-336-6060; Rodney@bransonballoon.com

Two balloons available, one has a maximum of four passengers, the other carries three. If you’re staying in Branson, you’ll be shuttled to and from your location. Reservations are required.

Balloon With Sizzler – Neosho

Contact Info: 417-437-2834; aircraftballoons@gmail.com

If you have never been up in a hot-air-air balloon, it is a unique experience you will never forget: soaring over the landscape with only the wind as your guide. The view is extraordinary. Rides are for two people and passenger trade outs can be arranged.

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