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Above Reality Inc. Hot Air Balloon Rides

71 Essex Way, Essex, VT 05452-3384
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Great Adventure and Wonderful memory

My wife and I spent went on this fantastic voyage with Jeff and his crew and it definitely one of... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
mets79
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plattsburgh
Amazing ballooning experience

We had an amazing ballooning experience in Essex Junction with Above Reality. Of course it was an... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
TashfromMelb
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Melbourne, Australia
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Come float with us on a whimsical journey above the world below. One of our experienced and FAA licensed pilots will whisk you into the skies above Vermont, where you can take in all of the beauty that the Green Mountains have to offer. After about an hour you'll touch down and conclude the flight with a toast of champagne or sparkling cider, Cabot cheddar cheese, and Vermont fudge. Flights depart at sunrise and sunset daily, weather depending.
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71 Essex Way, Essex, VT 05452-3384
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

My wife and I spent went on this fantastic voyage with Jeff and his crew and it definitely one of our best days ever.Jeff know the area , which is great since we overshot our landing area. The view of Lake Champlain was sweeeeet and...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

We had an amazing ballooning experience in Essex Junction with Above Reality. Of course it was an early and cold start (dress in layers and follow the instructions about closed toe shoes etc) – a bit foggy as we were driving from Stowe, but the...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

My husband decided to surprise me with a ride in a hot air balloon during our weekend in Vermont. Above Reality provided a fantastic experience from beginning to end. It was a smooth, beautiful ride that I wish had lasted all day. The staff is...More

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Jeff S, Owner at Above Reality Inc. Hot Air Balloon Rides, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Hello car2313, It sounds like your husband earned some big points for his surprise for you. Glad to hear you really enjoyed the entire experience. While the flights unfortunately can't last all day, we hope the memories last a lifetime. Gentle Breezes, Jeff and The...More

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

My wife and I had a blast on the Above Reality hot air balloon ride! The entire staff was friendly and knowledgeable and the view you’ll get from the floating basket can’t be had anywhere else. I’ll give you the run-down of the whole process...More

Thank Derek L
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Jeff S, Owner at Above Reality Inc. Hot Air Balloon Rides, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

Hi Derek, We appreciate both your thorough and flattering review of your balloon experience. Thanks for the reminder to other passengers about what to wear. We send out a confirmation email (and a reminder before the flight) but not everybody reads it thoroughly:) Glad to...More

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

I'm afraid of heights and I don't 'do' rides that are more active than a ferris wheel, so it was with some trepidation I said 'yes' to doing a hot air balloon ride. But I did and I went and it was just AWESOME!!!! Our...More

Thank Rhonda B
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Jeff S, Owner at Above Reality Inc. Hot Air Balloon Rides, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Hi Rhonda, That was an incredibly stunning flight! Glad to hear you enjoyed it and a sincere thank you for trusting us with your bucket list experience. We appreciate your kind words and we hope your memories last a lifetime. Gentle Breezes, Jeff and the...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

For a guy who was afraid of heights, going on a hot air balloon ride was not in the cards. The company owner, Jeff, encouraged me to try it and I'm so glad I did. The ride was amazing, the sights were superb, and the...More

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Jeff S, Owner at Above Reality Inc. Hot Air Balloon Rides, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Hello VTFoodLover2, Thank you for the great review and willingness to try new experiences. Each season, I provide a lot of information to passengers about the difference between a (perceived) fear of heights that they might have and an actual fear of edges (that I...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I planned a last minute solo trip to Vermont last week, to see the fall foliage and have a relaxing week after a very stressful year! The Hot Air Balloon ride had been on my bucket list for a while now and this was my...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

It was a beautiful day and a very exiting flight. Perfect start and landing (thanks Jeff). There were 14 passengers in the basket but still enough room.

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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This was a bucket list adventure for me, and Jeff our pilot made our flight very special and entertaining. Safety was a huge priority. In spite of difficult wind conditions that gave us an extra long flight due to challenges with getting to a good...More

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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Going with the Hot air Ballon was wonderful. We were just speechless! Jeff and bis Crew were amazing. They were funny and very experienced so we had the feeling to be in good hands all the time.

Thank Stefan B
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Gregwest66
30 June 2016|
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Response from Jeff S | Property representative |
Hi Greg, We are open this weekend 7/2/16 and still have availability for 2 passengers. Flights start at $275 per person. I would share the direct pricing and schedule link to our website but site links are not allowed... More
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