Things to Do in New Jersey: Hot Air Ballooning

See the best views in New Jersey with a hot air balloon ride.

Hot air ballooning is a fun and memorable activity for all ages. Offered throughout many parts of New Jersey, hot air balloon rides remain a popular thing to do for all visitors. With the use of propane-fueled burners, the air inside the balloon is heated and allows the balloon to ascend into the sky, offering stunning views and a unique experience for all onboard. Hot air balloon rides usually cruise anywhere from 500 to 1,000 feet above the ground and typically last about one hour.


Hot Air Balloon Rides in Northern New Jersey

Balloonatics & Aeronuts in Phillipsburg is open daily. In addition to the one-hour flight, the fare includes champagne brunch/picnic after the flight, creating a truly magical experience along with breathtaking views. Tewksbury Balloon Adventure, based in Whitehouse Station, offers rides over the farmlands, apple orchards and pastures of northwest New Jersey. Skylands Ballooning leaves from Belvidere and various locations in Asbury.


Hot Air Balloon Rides in Central New Jersey

Check out Balloons Aloft in Pittstown, which offers sunrise and sunset flights as well as digital photos from the excursion and a bottle of champagne. Hunterdon Ballooning’s flights take you over the historic town of Flemington and the hills and valleys of Hunterdon County, providing spectacular views and photo opportunities. Near the Delaware River, A-Lot-A Hot Air Ballooning flies over rural Jersey with sights of forests, farm fields, lakes, ponds and local wildlife.


Hot Air Balloon Rides in Southern New Jersey

Seize the Breeze serves southern New Jersey and determines launch sites every day based on weather and participant needs. Dreamworks Balloon-based in Forked River offers launch sites in Gloucester County, Glassboro and several other sites in northern and southern New Jersey.


Hot Air Balloon Festivals

If you're visiting in the summer, make sure to check out one of the hot air balloon festivals in New Jersey, when the skies are filled with enormous, colorful balloons. In Readington, the annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at the Solberg Airport held in July features live music, entertainment, food vendors and air shows, along with more than 125 balloons that fill the sky throughout the three-day festival. In Warren County, between July and August, enjoy a full week of aerial festivities at the Warren County Farmers Fair & Hot Air Balloon Festival, where the hot air balloons are paired with iconic fair attractions, such as an arts and crafts show, a demolition derby and livestock shows.