The air is crisp and clear, all is quiet except for the occasional sound of the burner disturbing the perfect serenity that surrounds you. You float majestically somewhere between the trees and heaven watching life drift slowly past below. You take it all in, and think just how perfect this day has become and how awesome this experience is, and you wonder, why didn't I do this sooner??
Duration: Allow 3.5 hours from the time we meet until we return to the meeting location.
Flight Time: You will be in the air 45-60 minutes or longer depending on weather.
Occupancy: 12 passengers max. each.
$219/Person - $150/Child (ages 6 - 14)*
Duration: Allow 3.5 hours from the time we meet until we return to the meeting location.
Flight Time: You will be in the air 45-60 minutes or longer depending on weather.
Occupancy: 12 passengers max. each.
$219/Person - $150/Child (ages 6 - 14)*
If you prefer to book by phone, please call 314-402-8010 between 8 am - 7 pm daily. Customer service representatives are happy to help!
Our balloon adventures begin at sunrise and just prior to sunset when you arrive at the meeting location (2700 Ridge Point Drive, High Ridge Missouri 63049). From there we will transport you a short distance to our launch site where you will be able to watch us inflate the balloon. Soon after that we will lift off for a peaceful journey lasting approximately one hour. After your flight, when your feet find their way back to earth, the Balloons Over the Rainbow crew will be there to greet you and help you celebrate your voyage with the traditional champagne (or sparkling cider) toast, commemorative flight certificate suitable for framing, and memories to last a lifetime.
Balloons Over the Rainbow is committed to capturing the imagination, attention and memories of our customers.
An Experience for any Occasion! Celebrate a Birthday, Anniversary, the Holidays, thank Mom on Mothers Day, Dad on Fathers Day, or just check Balloon Ride off your bucket list!!
All Balloon Rides Conclude With: Champagne / Sparkling cider toast, Light refreshments and Commemorative flight certificate.
* All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
* No special offers or discounts can be used in conjunction with children's pricing.
* Kids pricing ONLY available when purchasing from balloonsovertherainbow.com.
* Kids must be a minimum of 6 years old and must be accompanied by a fare paying adult.
* Kids discounts and Special Offers can not be combined with any other specials, discounts, or 3rd party offers.
Enjoy the thrill of flight with Balloons Over The Rainbow and easily book your next ride! Our flyer friendly online system provides quick scheduling, so you can spend more time up in the air. Create a flying experience to remember and schedule your next flight with Balloons Over The Rainbow. We want to hear from you. If you have any questions, feel free reach out to our dedicated support staff by using our online chat found on the lower right corner of the page, or email us at email@example.com or by calling 314-402-8010 (8am-7pm daily). We are happy to answer any of your scheduling inquiries. Enjoy the hot air balloon ride and let us take care of the rest!
If you have a Balloons Over The Rainbow flight voucher, or if your flight was cancelled and you would like to reschedule, please call our customer service center at 314-402-8010 and have your Booking ID ready.
Balloons Over The Rainbow is ready to soar the skies with you!
Thank you! We will never forget, and are grateful for your service.
The least we can do is offer anyone currently serving, or who has served a 10% discount for them and any other adults accompanying them. You must provide proof of service in the form of a military ID, DD214, a badge or ID card. Should you not have this proof on flight day, the discount will have to be removed and full price of flight will be charged.
"This was an absolutely incredible experience! The views were breathtaking! It is something we will always remember doing and would definitely be interested in doing again. The pilot and crew was knowledgeable and really friendly! Highly recommend this to anyone!"
- Mellissa H., St Louis, MO
"This was a fantastic experience. Everything about this was great, from making the reservations to final moment. This company is so professional and they make the ride so enjoyable, answering all of your questions, giving you interesting little tidbits about the area. I would highly recommend this company. It was just a fantastic experience."
- Larry B., Rolla, MO
"This company is terrific. We took my 95 year old mother on this flight as part of her bucket list and she loved it. There was five of us total. They assisted her in getting into the basket and showed us all a great time. Very knowledgeable pilot. Saw the balloon being inflated and deflated (very interesting). Would highly recommend this company."
- IF Hoops, Ohio
Balloons Over The Rainbow provides Hot Air Balloon Rides in the St. Louis Missouri metro area and is locally owned and operated.
The pilots involved in Balloons Over The Rainbow each have perfect safety records, a current flight review, and are commercially rated for your safety. Nothing is more important to us than your safety and enjoyment during this once in a lifetime experience. We will not compromise your safety or the quality of service we deliver.
We know you can always find someone out there cheaper, especially online, but you will not find a company more focused on your safety and the quality of your hot air ballooning experience than Balloons Over The Rainbow!
Your safety is our main concern, so we reserve the right to cancel a flight due to adverse weather conditions or safety reasons. All flights must adhere to all FAA safety standards for passenger-carrying commercial balloon operations. We don’t anticipate flight delays, however if the pilot requires more time to see how the weather is developing, it is possible that your flight might be put on hold. If that happens, you will be instructed to phone back at a later time that day for an update.
If your flight is cancelled, you will be advised to reschedule by booking online or by contacting our office.
Fact: Balloons Over The Rainbow has an impeccable safety record.
Fact: Balloons Over The Rainbow does NOT operate the largest fleet of hot air balloons, but we do operate the newest and best balloon equipment available.
Fact: Balloons Over The Rainbow is a zero tolerance workplace. All of our pilots, crew and office staff are subject to random drug screenings.
Fact: Balloons Over The Rainbow requires all of our pilots to maintain an FAA certified 2nd Class Medical certificate.
Fact: Our pilots are some of the most experienced FAA certified commercial pilots in the industry.
Fact: We will not fly in unsafe conditions and have a very strict operations guide that all of our pilots must follow that defines weather conditions we will and will NOT fly in.
Fact: Our equipment requires a full FAA inspection annually or every 100 hours (which ever comes first) by FAA certified aircraft inspectors.
Fact: Before every flight our pilots and ground crew inspect the balloon, envelope, rigging and gondola.
If you have any questions, please call 314-402-8010 .
How do I book a Hot Air Balloon Ride? It's simple, just give Balloons Over The Rainbow a call and we'll give you all the information you need to book a flight. If you already have flight vouchers, or need to purchase flight vouchers, call 314-402-8010.
How long are flights? On average, passenger flights are approximately one hour in length. Some flights can vary from 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours depending on the amount of fuel on board, the passengers combined weight, the temperature of the air and when the pilot finds a suitable landing field.
What time of day do the flights take place? Flights take place just after sunrise and just prior to sunset. Hot Air Balloons are not able to fly later in the day due to thermal activity, which makes the air unstable.
What type of weather conditions are needed to fly? Hot Air Balloon passenger flights take place in winds less than 6 knots, with no rain or approaching storms within 100 miles. Flights also require visibility of at least 3 miles and ceilings of at least 3000 feet.
What type of clothing should we wear? Special clothing is not required for hot air ballooning. We always suggest practical wear, such as long pants, a light jacket, a hat and no sandals or high heels. We do not fly high enough for a change in temperature so plan to dress for the temperature of the day.
Can I bring my camera and binoculars? Yes, we encourage it. Some of the greatest pictures of the surrounding area can be taken from 500 feet in the air. Don't forget to bring batteries for your camera and a protective case for landing.
Is it cold up there? No, it is the same temperature on the ground as it is in the air. The temperature only begins to drop when you begin to fly very high.
How big is the hot air balloon? Balloons Over The Rainbow flies balloons 210,000 cubic ft to 310,000 cubic ft in size. They typically carry 16-20 passengers, making it easy to accommodate families and groups. The large baskets make for more space per person and our balloons have turning vents so the pilot can rotate the balloon during flight, giving everyone a 360 degree view.
What makes the hot air balloon rise? Hot Air! A pair of high-powered propane burners ignites and heats liquid propane that is aimed into the balloon to make it rise. The burners create 30 million BTU's of heat. In comparison, an average home barbecue generates 30,000 BTU's. Each flight uses approximately 40 gallons of propane.
How fast do you fly? The balloon travels the same speed as the wind. An average flight is approximately 7 miles in length.
How do you steer the balloon? Hot Air Balloons cannot be steered like a plane or helicopter. Balloons travel only in the direction of the wind. There may be different wind directions at different altitudes that the pilot may use to maneuver the balloon. Upon landing, our ?Chase Crew? that has been following the balloon since lift off retrieves the balloon and passengers and returns them to the launch location.
Can anyone fly the balloon? To fly a hot air balloon you must be a licensed balloon pilot. Much like a fixed wing pilot, balloon pilots go through extensive training including ground school, written exams and hands-on flying.
What is the balloon made of? Balloons are made from rip-stop nylon much like a winter ski jacket. Yet unlike a jacket, the balloon is coated in a special chemical to help it resist heat and last longer. Balloons have an average life expectancy of 300 hours of use. Manufacturers have many different colours of fabric to choose from to create the many different patterns seen flying through the sky.
How much does a hot air balloon cost? An average hot air balloon, including the basket will cost approximately $60,000.00.
Who makes hot air balloons? Hot air balloons are made by a small group of select manufacturers around the world. The largest manufacturers of which can be found in England, The United States, and Spain.
How high do you fly? Though the altitude record for hot air ballooning is 90,000 feet, the height of passenger flights range anywhere from treetops up to 2,500 feet.
What happens if I don't fly this season? As ballooning is weather dependent we have to cancel your flight if conditions are not safe. If your flight is canceled, you simply reschedule either online or by phone, for another date that suits your schedule. Sometimes passengers can be canceled a few times before being able to fly. If you have tried a few times during the flight season and have not been successful going, don't worry, Vouchers purchased directly from Balloons Over The Rainbow don't expire. We simply keeping trying until mother nature is in a good mood.
What can cause a cancellation of a flight? As safety of the passengers, crew and equipment is of utmost priority, flights will sometimes have to be cancelled. Various factors can cause cancellation such as weather conditions, equipment malfunction or pilot injury or illness. Your safety is our concern and we will not fly if this is jeopardized. If your flight is cancelled, simply reschedule for another flight.
What happens if I don't want to use my balloon ride voucher? All vouchers purchased directly from Balloons Over The Rainbow that are prepaid in full, are 100% refundable and also transferable within one (1) year from the date of purchase as long as either no flight has been scheduled, or you cancel your first scheduled flight at least 48 hours prior to flight time. If you wish to transfer your voucher to another party, please ensure their health or ability is not restricted. Simply let us know who you have transferred the voucher to and we will adjust the file so they can continue to schedule on it.
From simple questions to special requests - reach out to us and a representative will be able to help!
2700 Ridge Point Drive,
High Ridge Missouri 63049
Telephone: Reservations/Information Line: 314-402-8010 8am - 7pm daily
Flight Status Line: 314-402-8010
Your Hot Air Balloon adventure begins when you meet your pilot and flight crew for a flight information session. Our passengers and pilots meet approximately a 1/2 hour before sunrise and 2 hours prior to sunset. Passengers are then transported to our launch location where they will watch in awe as the hot air balloons are inflated like a colorful canopy. After a safety briefing our passengers embark on an experience of a lifetime. Approximately an hour later we land and enjoy a champagne toast while sharing memories and stories of ballooning. Passengers are then returned to our welcome center. Please plan 3-4 hours for the complete adventure.
Balloons Over the Rainbow has reached the difficult decision to discontinue flight operations for the remainder of the 2020 flying season. Given the current situation with COVID, we believe this to be the safest course of action for our pilots, crew members, and most importantly, our guests.
Over the course of the next few months, we will continually re-evaluate when we believe we can safely begin operations again. Please monitor this website for further updates. If you have any questions related to this, please contact us at (314) 402-8010.
Our primary goal is to make sure everyone stays safe. We also want everyone to have a good time and enjoy their flight with us. To ensure everyone is safe and has a good time, we will do everything we can to follow safety guidelines related to the spread of the Corona Virus. To do that, we are following the below guidelines:
Again, our goal is to make sure everyone is able to stay safe and yet still enjoy their adventure of a lifetime. If you have any questions about the above process, please contact us prior to scheduling your flight.
There is no way for us to respond to all requests. If your request is accepted, we will respond. For donation requests, please send an email with your request to donations(at)balloonsovertherainbow.com containing the following information.
1) Name of Charity, 2) Charity Mailing Address, 3) Tax ID#, 4) Website, 5) Description of your cause, 6) Contact person, 7) Contact phone, 8) Contact email. Also let us know if the charity is based in the USA, a 501(c)(3) charity, or a school.
If this donation is part of an event, please provide: 1) Date of the Event, 2) Description of the event, and 3) please tell us how our contribution will be used.
Balloons Over The Rainbow invites you to view the St. Louis area as you've never seen before! Get carried away in a Hot Air Balloon adventure and experience something you’ve not done before. Our sunrise and sunset flights are scheduled seven days a week, weather permitting. We meet 1 hour prior to sunrise and sunset and then travel to one of our many launch sites. Inflation takes about 20 minutes and then we are airborne!
The flight is approximately 1 hour and we will ascend anywhere from tree tops to several thousand feet high. Once you’re airborne, the pilot will point out spectacular sites of this area, from theme parks to the Orange groves and forests, to swamps absolutely untouched for thousands of years. Our flying area has many wonderful things to see.
After landing, a traditional champagne toast is held to celebrate your wonderful adventure. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available. We will then return to the meeting location. Most importantly, we are a fully licensed and insured business. Our pilots are all FAA certified, highly experienced and are full-time professionals.
For the safety of all our passengers we enforce the following flight restrictions:
All passengers must be 6 years of age or older. Age 6-18 requires parent or guardian to fly.
Maximum weight per passenger cannot exceed 280lbs / 127 Kilograms / 20 stone, passengers may be asked to be weighed for accuracy at check-in.
It is strongly recommended that someone in the party be able to communicate in English.
Back, Neck, Knee, Hip, Joint, Bone, Osteoporosis or Similar Physical issues within 2 years.
Inability to walk unassisted or stand for one hour unassisted. Canes / Walkers / Wheel chairs / Scooters not permitted.
Recent Surgeries or Other Conditions that may be aggravated during flight and landing.
We want everybody to be able to fly, but to do so safely. If there is anything you think we should know, or you are unsure of prior to your flight date, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss.
All flights are weather dependent.
The Pilot in Command may cancel the flight, or deny a flight for any passenger for any reason and they are the final authority on all flight and passenger related decisions.
All Private flights require a minimum of 2 passengers to fly
All non private flights require a mimumum of 4 passengers to fly. As a result, you will be with other guests on all non private flights
All passengers are required to read and sign our passenger release prior to flight.
Click here to review our passenger release document.
Unfortunately none of our aircraft are considered handicapped accessible. They are unable to accommodate wheel chairs and do not have doors to allow for access other than climbing over the sidewall of the basket. There is also no way for the aircraft to be modified to be made handicapped accessible. Additionally, we love animals and want them to be safe and protected. This unfortunately means that we do not allow service animals onboard or around the aircraft. Hot Air Balloon burners are loud and will scare many animals. It is simply not safe or prudent to allow a service animal in or around the aircraft.
All flight certificates are emailed within 24 hours of order receipt. If you are unable to receive and/or print the flight certificates via email, please call us and we will mail the certificates via US Postal service. When US Postal Service delivery is requested, we will ship them within 48 hours of order receipt.
Simply present the flight certificates and other paperwork to whomever you intend to give the ride, and have them contact us to schedule, or they may schedule on our website using the codes on the flight vouchers. Since we will not know to whom they have been given, we will not contact you to schedule. It is your responsibility to make sure the recipient contacts us to schedule their ride. Please ask the recipient to have a calendar handy when calling so we can pick a mutually agreeable time. If we are unable to fly the first opportunity for any reason, they can contact us to reschedule at their convenience. Flight Certificates issued by us do not expire unless they are forfeited or were donated by us for a charitable donation. Any charitable donation certificates will expire 1 year after the issue if no expiration date is on the certificate.
Once your reservation is completed, and you have received a confirmation from us, you are confirmed for that specific day's flight. The email confirmation will include the flight status line number to call before your flight. You are required to call that number at the time indicated in the email to get the status of your scheduled flight. The flight line will inform you of three options: 1. that the flight is a go, 2. on a weather hold, or 3. canceled. It will also provide instructions about how to proceed based upon the flight status. If the flight is on, it will include the meeting time at our meeting location, the address of the meeting location, and hotel pickup information for those who reserved round trip hotel pick up transportation.
Please note hot air ballooning is weather dependent and that we do expect all guests to be in the local area prior to your flight; to avoid being late or missing your flight please make necessary preparations. Balloons Over The Rainbow will not be responsible in the event you do not arrive for your flight. This is true even if the flight is placed on a weather hold. If something changes on our end, such as weather, we will amend the flight status line, so please check the flight status line one more time in the morning prior to leaving for the flight location. It is your responsibility to ensure we have a valid contact phone number and you are available. Please arrive at the given meeting location on time. We will leave for the launch site approximately 10 minutes after the meeting time. If you are not present, you will be considered a no-show. Please see the policy below on no-shows. If the weather is unsafe to fly, we will work with you to reschedule your flight.
We ask that you call the flight status line after 8pm the evening before your flight. The flight line number is (407) 374-2622. This recording will have the status of the flight, as well as any last minute updates for the flight information (if any). It also contains the address of our meeting location and other pertinent flight information.
We will meet you at at 2700 Ridge Point Drive, High Ridge Missouri 63049.
A "No-show" is anyone who fails to show up for a flight after scheduling a flight. No-shows have a substantial impact on our business. As a result of no-shows we either flew an aircraft only partially full, or we didn't fly at all. Either way we incurred the same expense to fly whether we were able to fly you or not, therefore a no-show will result in a forfeiture of your flight fee, certificate, voucher or deposit and we will consider our obligation for that flight to be fulfilled. No refund will be possible since we incurred the cost of the flight in your absence.
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for arrival at the meeting location, and call us if you are running late. If you are using a third party certificate of any type to pay for your flight, that voucher will be redeemed and considered used and you will not be entitled to a refund from that third party agency. Should you manage to get a refund from them, we will charge the card you provided us at scheduling for your flight fee. There are no exceptions to this policy under any circumstances.
We are diligent in ensuring your credit card information is protected and not used without your permission. If you are paying for your reservation with a credit card, the cardholder must present the credit card used AND a valid photo ID upon check-in on the day of your scheduled activities. If the cardholder will not be present at check in, we will require some additional documentation PRIOR to the day of your scheduled activities. Please contact our customer service agents who will be happy to assist in completing these verification steps with you. Please note that if we are unable to verify the cardholder with a valid photo ID, your party will not be able to fly.
Weather is always a concern and does force cancellations and rescheduling of flights. If it clearly isn't going to be safe to fly on your date and time, the flight status line will announce this as soon as the decision is made before the flight. Please call us the next business day to reschedule your adventure. If the flight is on, we will provide specific meeting times and locations for the morning's adventure.
If the weather forecast isn't clear for the next morning, we will place the flight on a weather hold and ask everyone to call about 1 hour before the morning's expected meeting time to get an updated forecast. At that time we will let you know for sure if the flight is on. If we must cancel your flight due to weather, simply call us to reschedule your flight. If you are unable to reschedule, and you paid us directly for your flight, please call us for your options.
If you cancel at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled flight, there is no penalty and you may reschedule. If you cancel with less than the required notice, or fail to show up the morning of your flight, we will charge the full amount to the card on file as a cancellation fee, or your flight certificate, voucher or prepayment will be considered forfeit and you will not be allowed to reschedule that reservation. No credit will be given in any way for cancelling with less than the required notice or for no-shows.
All flight certificates and prepaid flights purchased directly from Balloons Over The Rainbow are fully refundable within one (1) year from the date of purchase as long as either no flight has been scheduled, or you cancel your first scheduled flight at least 48 hours prior to flight time. All refunds will be issued to the original purchaser in the original purchase method (credit card purchases will be refunded via the same credit card) if possible. If not, a refund will be issued via company check. No refunds will be issued to no-shows, those that show up intoxicated, or anyone whose flight certificate, flight, or voucher has been forfeited for any reason. No refund will be granted after one (1) year from sale. Even if the certificate is not refundable, as long as it hasn't been forfeited or used, it can still be used. There are no exceptions to this policy.
If you are eligible for a refund, we will process the request within 7-10 business days. If your flight was purchased through any third party, you will have to discuss any refund request with them. We are not able to provide refunds for any third parties for any reason.
We are pleased to accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and cash.
We do not accept checks as a form of payment.
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We will use your information to respond to you regarding the reason you contacted us and to schedule and execute hot air balloon rides and other services you might contract with us to perform. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order.
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We may make changes to this privacy notice from time to time. You may check back on this page at any time to see our current policy.