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Address: Hwy 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151
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+1 530-544-1221

Lake Tahoe Balloons proudly presents one of the most beautiful and unique...

Lake Tahoe Balloons proudly presents one of the most beautiful and unique hot air balloon adventures in the world. Inflate, launch and land on the world's only U.S.C.G. certified aircraft carrier vessel for hot air balloons. Operates approximately May thru October, seven days a week, weather permitting. Early morning departures. Includes continental breakfast, boat cruise, approximately a one hour flight, traditional champagne toast and souvenir. Reservations required.

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A real once in a lifetime experience!

I've always wanted to cross "hot air balloon ride" off my bucket list and having the opportunity to do it over Lake Tahoe was even more amazing! Definitely the coolest way to get... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ginny W

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've always wanted to cross "hot air balloon ride" off my bucket list and having the opportunity to do it over Lake Tahoe was even more amazing! Definitely the coolest way to get full 360 views of all of Lake Tahoe. The crew re very knowledgeable and you can tell they want each passenger to have a safe and fun... More 

Thank Ginny W
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Shortly after sunrise, we were led to the large boat that was built to allow a large hot air balloon to both take off and land. We were told that this is the only such ride in the world in which the balloon is not tethered. The setting is magnificent with snow capped mountains surrounding the beautiful clear blue lake.... More 

2 Thank GpaGrauberger
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time experiencing a balloon ride! Staff is wonderful and friendly! Pilots are fun and we really enjoyed learning about hot air balloons. Hoping to make a return visit and will be telling everyone we know how awesome of a time we had on our 19th anniversary!

1 Thank Amanda R
South Lake Tahoe, California
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a perfect morning looking out over Lake Tahoe from over 10,000 ft above the lake! Wow! The views were amazing to say the least!!! The crew was awesome, accommodating, professional, and knowledgeable, not only about ballooning, but about Lake Tahoe too. Be sure to tip these guys afterwards, their working hard out there hauling that huge balloon around,... More 

1 Thank KelliTomP
St. Louis
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

We did this last summer where we took off and landed on an actual boat in the water. this was a beautiful balloon trip with a skilled crew. With no room for mistakes - the departure and landing were smooth and delghtful.. The commentary was thoughtful and educational - regarding the land and water masses experienced. We would do this... More 

1 Thank nztraveler1
Willoughby, Ohio
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25 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

Really this is the best view of the lake, can't find this kind of experience anywhere else. You are slowly soaring above the lake, getting a tour of the area from experienced pilots and guides who have lived here awhile. Good history of the area, history of balloon flying, and overall great entertainment watching the crew inflate and deflate the... More 

1 Thank Christy L
Woodland, California
1 review
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We first met in the office to take care of some quick paper work then it was off to the boat. We were greeted by the boat captain, crew, and pilot as we sipped warm coffee at sunrise. My girlfriend and I were amazed at how smooth the lake was that day as we made our way into launch position.... More 

Thank DerekHender
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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

I would highly recommend this ride! The staff was incredibly friendly and very informative. They explain the entire process as you watch and even provide champagne at the end with some history of hot air ballooning! I'm sure some are incredibly nervous before going up but they test the wind out on the boat carefully and that shows the importance... More 

Thank AmyEK419
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

This was my first trip to Tahoe and going up in the balloon was by far the best experience of my trip! We were able to get an amazing view of the lake and were also given some history and fun facts about it. Gabe, our pilot was really friendly and really knowledgeable. And the captain of the boat, I... More 

Thank Jennifer W
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

I can't say enough great things!! My experience was incredible. From the moment I arrived I was greeted with a friendly smile and I felt immediately comfortable. The staff was great. The captain of the boat ride, Greg made me feel very safe and was he was extremely professional. The pilot of the balloon, Gabe was very knowledgeable and informative.... More 

Thank Melissa R

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