Hot Air Balloon Rides in the Georgia Mountains

Enjoy the scenery of Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains from a unique vantage in the sky on a hot air balloon ride!

Rides are available at either dawn or near sunset (when the weather is most favorable) and allow you to experience the thrill of riding along with the wind. Pilots guide you on your choice of either a private flight or a shared flight on a hot air balloon.

Hot Air Balloon Rides in the Georgia Mountains

Hot Air Balloon Rides in the Georgia Mountains

Hot Air Balloon Rides in North Georgia

Fly high with the birds of prey and soar over the mountain tops, or skim across a lake on a hot air balloon ride!

These 4 hot air balloon ride providers are located in and around Atlanta and its northern suburbs. The exact locations of flight launches depend on weather conditions.  Prepare to be flexible with your travel plans to account for a location that takes advantage of the best weather conditions. Generally, you should expect to be contacted with your exact launch location on the day before your flight — after the team can see the weather forecast and plot the best flight area.


Balloon Atlanta

Balloon Atlanta Hot Air Balloon Rides in Ga Mountains

Balloon Atlanta Hot Air Balloon Rides in North Ga

Balloon Atlanta offers a variety of flights plus advertising and public relations tools! Enjoy a private flight, shared flight, solo / single person flight, or tethered balloon rides (perfect for parties, festivals, product rollouts).

Discounts are available for military and first responders when booking.

  • Phone: +1 (770) 926-4426
  • Address: 491 Air Acres Ln, Woodstock, GA
    • Note that the launch location depends on weather conditions
  • Website:
  • Facebook: Balloon Atlanta has 1,200+ likes


Balloons Over Georgia

Balloons Over Georgia Hot Air Balloon Rides

Balloons Over Georgia Hot Air Balloon Rides

Located in Cumming, GA, most of the flights will launch from an area about 35 – 40 miles north of Atlanta. There are several different launch sites that are utilized to take advantage of varying wind conditions and directions. Choose either a private ride (with just 2 people plus the pilot), or enjoy meeting some new people on a non-exclusive flight.

You will meet approximately one hour before sunrise or 2 hours before sunset, and experience a flight that lasts about an hour (the typical range is from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours). The flight time will depend on weather conditions and landing sites.

Discounts are available for senior citizens, military & first responders, and children.


Fly Wendy Fly

Fly Wendy Fly Hot Air Balloon Rides in Georgia Mountains

Fly Wendy Fly Hot Air Balloon Rides in Georgia Mountains

Private balloon rides for up to 3 people — just you, your guest(s), and the pilot! Champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the flight (by request) and weekend flights don’t include a premium. Hot air balloon tether rides are also available for up to 75 people.

Primary and alternate launch sites, plus customer-arranged launch sites may be available depending on the suitability of the site.


Magic Carpet Ride

Magic Carpet Ride Hot Air Balloon Rides in North Georgia

Magic Carpet Ride Hot Air Balloon Rides in North Georgia

Atlanta’s Magic Carpet Ride Hot Air Balloon Adventures offers a variety of flight packages including champagne balloon rides and standby flights (for those more flexible with flight timing).

Engaged couples will appreciate that Magic Carpet Ride offers a complete wedding package for the bride, groom, and clergy. Business owners and marketers will love the unique packages that use the balloons to advertise!

Launch sites are chosen to suit your needs based on convenience, what you would like to see, your desire to fly with other balloons, and other safety factors. The most common launch areas are in Cumming and Snellville.


Hot Air Balloon Festivals and Events

Keep an eye out for events that feature a chance to take a tethered hot air balloon ride. Even if you can not get a ticket to ride in a balloon, it is a nice event to watch even if you stay on the ground!


Helen to the Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race & Festival

The 47th annual event is scheduled for June 1-3, 2023. This is the only long-distance balloon race in the USA and runs from Helen, GA, to the Atlantic Coast (*technically, the race ends at I-95). The hot-air balloon race starts at 7:00 am on June 1, 2023, depending on favorable weather conditions. Enjoy local hot-air balloon festival events in Helen at 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (note there are no rides during the middle of the day). Visit to see more information and past race winners.


Other Hot Air Balloon Festivals

Callaway Gardens Hot Air Balloon Glow Nights

Callaway Gardens Hot Air Balloon Glow Nights [photo ExploreGeorgia]

Other hot air balloon events happen throughout the year and across the state. Some great examples of Georgia’s hot air balloon events include:
  • Calloway Gardens hosts Hot Air Balloon Glow Nights during their Labor Day weekend event
  • Atlanta hosted the Atlanta Balloon Glow in Piedmont Park
  • Rome hosted the NWG Hot Air Balloon & Aviation Festival


What To Take on a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Having a great hot air balloon ride is easy with these tips. These will help you to dress appropriately and bring the right gear with you for a great experience!


Hot Air Balloon Ride Clothing

Riding in a hot air balloon is a lot of fun, but it may require that you get dirty, as landing sites are not exact, and you may be walking through a field of mud after your flight.

  • Pants – wear comfortable clothing that allows you to climb in and out of the gondola basket
  • Shoesyou will be on your feet for the entire experience, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes that can also handle walks over uneven or muddy fields
  • Layers – As temperatures change with increases in altitude, it is essential to have an extra layer of clothing to keep comfortable


Hot Air Balloon Ride Accessories

These accessories will help secure your items and make sure enjoy your balloon ride as much as possible.

  • Sunglasses – take sunglasses for eye protection from the bright sun (even though you will arrive at your destination while it’s still dark)
  • Sunglass Strap and Case – protect your sunglasses with Glasskin – an innovative sunglass strap that transforms into a protective sunglass case (designed by local Georgia designer and company Baggual)
  • Hats – shield your eyes and face from the sun on a bright day (consider a hat with a strap that won’t get blown away by windy conditions)
  • Straps – use lanyards, neck straps, and wrist straps to keep important items from being accidentally dropped


Hot Air Balloon Ride Extras

These items can add some fun to a hot air balloon ride and your other North Georgia thrill-seeking adventures!

  • Binoculars – scan the horizons a little better with a highly-rated pair of binoculars. Binocular strength is measured by the magnification and size of lenses (e.g., a “10 x 25” pair of binoculars has 10x magnification and a 25mm lens)
  • Cameras – bring your cameras and/or ensure your cell phone is fully charged to capture pictures and videos from the air

These ideas should serve as a general guide to a great float in a hot air balloon. Always check with your hot air balloon flight company for more information on what is allowed on a flight.


Are you ready to take a scenic trip to new heights with a hot air balloon ride in North Georgia?

36 Responses

  1. Sharon says:

    Hi Alyce,

     Nice interesting article for people wanting to try a ride in a hot air balloon as something to check off their bucket list or a fun activity to do while visiting the state of Georgia. Thank you for providing relevant information on each provider, what type of clothing should be worn, hours of operation, and a things-to-do list. You nailed it!


  2. angell70 says:

    Hi & thank you for sharing this article. I always loved hot air balloons but I never had the chance to go on one personally. I like how you inform regarding each activity, with the numbers which get you straight to the booking page, well done for this. And also all the accessories you must have when you decide to take part in this superb experience. WOW, I have no idea about the magic amazing balloon festival how beautiful would be, wish I could participate but unfortunately I do not reside in the US and it won’t be possible to attend this year.

    • Alyce says:

      Traveling is still a bit tricky for some parts of the world, but when it’s safe, I hope you’re able to try a scenic hot air balloon ride in North Georgia!

  3. Gaurav Gaur says:

    Hi Alyce
    Thanks for sharing your “views” on the Hot Air Balloon rides in North Georgia. These rides are surely going to be an exciting life time experience. How nice to take the journey in nature, mountains and clouds. I liked your tips on must carry items during ride. Please include an external mobile charger for mobile as we never know when it can fall sleep. Very informative article, I will be using as To-Do before my next hot air balloon ride.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

  4. Aparna says:

    I have heard that Georgia has some of the most beautiful scenery one can find in the world. I sure would love to plan a trip there sometime. But obviously, after the current pandemic is over. 

    Thank u for this great article and wonderful pictures. The hot air balloon rides look like a great way to enjoy the birds-eye view of the landscape!



    • Alyce says:

      Hi Aps, North Georgia definitely has beautiful places and a hot air balloon ride offers a vantage of the mountains unlike anything else!

  5. David Young says:

    What a wonderful article about hot air ballooning. This is one of the things on my bucket list to do before my days are numbered. Its good to see there are discounts for senior citizens such as myself but for First Responders and Military alike. It was also refreshing to see some details on what best to wear for a hot air balloon ride especially in the way of footwear and warm clothing. A well put together article with just the right information required.

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks David. I’m happy to hear that you found this article about hot air balloon rides to be helpful. It’s definitely good to know what to expect well in advance for these adventures!!

  6. Roslinecar says:

    I have been collecting a list of different places and things I and my husband can go and do to celebrate our anniversary, this will actually be the first time we’ll visit Georgia together as a couple that’s if we decide to visit but I’ll try to convince him. I love the destinations you’ve provided here and their contacts that are included. This will be of great help to me.

  7. Wildecoll says:

    Fun is one thing I don’t joke with and I always appreciate every moment I spend making myself happy, one of the most adventurous day of my life was when I tried out this hot air balloon of a thing, at first, I was doubting it but it later turned to fun. I’ve been to Georgia several times but I’ve not done it there, I guess it’ll be a good idea to visit one of these places when next I go. It’s very thoughtful of you to share.

  8. Love Yourself says:

    What a brilliant website.  I have never been in a hot air balloon, but I would absolutely LOVE to.  I really love the sound of the Magic Carpet Ride – and I think would be a wonderful wedding gift for my niece who is getting married next week. I am sure that it will be a unique gift, and one that her and her husband will certainly not forget!  I went in a micro-light once and absolutely love it, so this certainly appeals to me!

    The next time that I am in the US, I will definitely book a flight.  But first, my lucky niece!

    Thanks so much for a great article,


  9. Rogier Giersthove says:

    Hey Alice, 

    Nice post! 

    This article definitely revealed some things I never thought about when it comes to riding in a hot air balloon. Appropriate clothing is one of the last things I’d think about even though it should be one of the first. I can imagine it also gets quite cold when you’re up there no matter how warm it is on the ground.


    • Alyce says:

      Apparently it may get hot from the balloon’s burner as well, so it’s a great idea to dress in layers for a number of reasons!

  10. KingAndrea says:

    This is a really interesting article about hot balloon ride in the Georgia mountain, I’ve never been on a hot balloon so I can’t say how it feels but I believe it’s gonna be amazing. Thanks for sharing this information, anytime I find myself in Georgia or near Georgia, I’ll make sure I be a part abs experience this great adventure. I can easily contact the numbers and details you’ve provided, thanks.

  11. PeterMinea says:

    Hello Alyce!

    Flying with a balloon must bring extraordinary sensations and sights as well, especially if you get pretty high in altitude. In order to handle such a fly well and also enjoy it as it’s meant to be, we need also to be in good medical conditions, like no altitude sickness issues, being sober, and not getting afraid up there. I never flied with a balloon, but I can imagine the fun and the amazing it may be.

    Best regards,


  12. Christine says:

    I have never been on a hot air balloon ride. My father has, it was on his bucket list, and he was so happy when he did it. He really enjoyed the experience. I would like to do that too one day. Georgia must be beautiful, so I can imagine that it provides the perfect setting for a hot air balloon ride. The views must be so awesome, and I think doing something like this is something you’ll always remember. 

    You give great tips. I wouldn’t have thought of bringing warmer clothing, but well, it does get colder the more you rise in the air, so duh, I should have known that, lol. Thanks for the reminder!

  13. Nadia says:

    I like your post. I’m super afraid of heights but my husband keeps telling me how hot air balloon rides are becoming popular and that more and more people consider them for a moment of relaxation with their significant other or as a surprise. i’m still not convinced though lol but that’s just me 🙂 I like how your post talks to the basics like what to bring on a hot air balloon ride as to make the best of the ride. 


    • Alyce says:

      I would imagine that riding in a hot air balloon is a big challenge if you aren’t comfortable with heights. If you do want to try it out though, I’d recommend that you start with a tethered ride — these are often what you will find set up at a public event like a festival. 

  14. AmDetermined says:

    Hi, your post about hot balloon rides just gave me a solution to how i want to spend my birthday with my girlfriend next month, this will give me a moment that I wanted, for future use and to share the post with my social media friend to also benefit from your post may be they want to create a memorable event of their life through hot air balloon Ride  I will be posting your website on my social media.

  15. ROBERT JONES JR says:

    Lol I hadn’t really thought of taking a balloon ride! But I am a veteran of the USAF and I always been fascinated with flight of all kinds. I can imagine the scenery and what it looks like at sunrise and sunset! I Bet it is awesome! I have seen sunrise from a fighter Jet and a turbo prop driven aircraft but never a hot air balloon!

    I have jumped out of a C-130 sky diving from 14000 feet but never a hot air balloon ride I will try it!

    what about the average the charge per hour or per day?

    I know aircraft are safe but how safe is Balloon flight?

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Robert, you have definitely seen some cool things that most of us will never see! I bet the fighter jet ride is amazing!!

      The hot air balloon experience will only take you as fast as the wind is blowing, but it’s certainly still a thrill for most of us. 

      The rates are higher if you want a private flight, but can be much lower if you are willing to share the experience. The average rate seems to be in the mid $200 range for approximately an hour long flight. 

  16. Antonio says:


    One of my most fondest dream is to go on a hot air balloon ride, no matter where in the world. It is better to fly over beautiful countryside, where your eyes can drink in the view. I really appreciate this review as it gives to me choices to see which balloon ride can fit my budget. The price seems quite reasonable too, another bonus.

    Up, up and away as your articles has made my feet itchy.

    Thanks Antonio

    • Alyce says:

      I’m glad you’ve found some inspiration… going up in a hot air balloon over North Georgia should be an amazing experience for those “itchy feet”. 🙂

  17. Mike Adkins says:

    These Balloon rides look amazing. I live in the UK and have taken a hot air balloon flight over the countryside in Cambridgeshire. I can only guess at the beautiful scenes available in the Georgia Mountains but I am sure it must be a stunning location to take a ride in a Hot Air Balloon.

    My experience of a Hot Air Balloon flight was totally positive, being so high and watching the world float by was one of the most peaceful things I have ever done and some how it made me feel closer to nature as the vista from up high gave me a sense on oneness with the earth and the countryside.

    I loved every second of my time in a hot air balloon and I would highly recommend giving it a go.



    • Alyce says:

      This is great to hear. I love the idea of floating along with the direction of the wind. It sounds very peaceful, and exciting at the same time!!

  18. Henderson says:

    I guess I can just add this to my to do list since I’ll be coming over to Georgia very soon. The first time I experienced the hot balloon was way back when I was younger. I think for this trip if like the fly Wendy fly hot air balloon trip for me and my girlfriend. Its be really nice to seeing there’s a discount there. I’m just so excited and I’m sure my baby will love this too.  Thanks for this.

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