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Hot Air Balloon Festivals and Rides

Updated on February 15, 2011

Riding in a hot air balloon is one of the most heavenly feelings and to-do-life-lists that would take your breath away. This year’s hot air balloon festival was fantastic than ever. Just looking at the pictures and photos I’ve uploaded in this hub would describe the spectacular hot air balloon ride and experience.

Recently, the international hot air balloon festival in my dear country has once again added some magic in the month of February. Perfect time to pre-celebrate Valentine ’s Day. Not to mention, I’ll be one year older again. LOL Anyway, back to the hot air balloon rides, it was one gigantic event. Indeed, one of the most fantastic festivals in 2011. This year, more display of multi-colored huge hot air balloons were blown up and flown up in the air while more people and tourists came to their favorite affair in our city. In this hub, I’m gonna say a bit about how hot air balloon works, its history, how hot air balloon floats, how to fly a hot air balloon, its construction parts, and the list of famous hot air balloon festivals and rides worldwide.

fantastic hot air balloon festivals and rides
fantastic hot air balloon festivals and rides

Brief History of Hot Air Balloon

On September 19, 1783, almost a century before the time of Einstein, a scientist named Pilatre De Rozier launched the first hot air balloon called Aerostat Reveillon. On board were a sheep, a duck and a rooster. The balloon lasted 15 minutes before crashing back to the ground. Two months later, two French brothers, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier, launched the first manned hot air balloon flight. They flew for about twenty minutes in the middle of Paris. So it was the birth of hot air balloon – 1783, 120 years before the invention of Wright brothers’ successful airplane. Years later, some genius balloonists have tried to soar higher. In 1785, Jean Pierre Blanchard, and his American co pilot, John Jefferies, became the first to fly hot air balloon across the English Channel. Yippee yay! This unstoppable Blanchard man launched the first hot air balloon in North America. 100 years later, another big milestone in the history of hot air balloon was achieved on August 1932 when Swiss scientist Auguste Piccard has reached the Stratosphere. The dude set a new altitude record reaching 52,498 feet. Eventually, new challenges have launched to set break new records as they tried reaching the highest point. In 1935, Balloon Explorer 2, a gas helium model reached an altitude of 72,395 feet (13.7 miles). Amazing! Hot air balloon is indeed the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology in history.

My friend Arianne really captured these amazing hot air balloons photos in my hub
My friend Arianne really captured these amazing hot air balloons photos in my hub
my friend Arianne's car is a gorgeous model of Toyota so she didn't miss to shoot this one hot air balloon
my friend Arianne's car is a gorgeous model of Toyota so she didn't miss to shoot this one hot air balloon

What makes a hot air balloon? The main parts of a hot air balloon are the envelope, the basket and the burner. The envelope is the fabric gas bag which is usually made of light-weight and strong synthetic fabrics. Attached to the envelope is the basket or what they call gondola, too. Obviously, this is where it carries people. The basket is usually made of woven wicker or rattan because these materials are proven light and durable for balloon flights. Lifting the balloon up in the air, we need a burner. It is mounted above the basket and centered in the mouth. This is the main fuel of the flight well aside from the wind. The burner is fueled by propane and liquefied gas.

Riding in a hot air balloon

What to expect riding in a hot air balloon? Just expect the unexpected. You’re gonna be thousands of feet high above the ground. There’s nothing quite like riding a hot air balloon unless you're really afraid of heights. :) No worries, hot air balloons ride operators got some licenses and follow some strict regulations. The pilots and staffs are well experienced before operating rides and flights.

When is the perfect time to ride? It's perfect time to ride hot hair balloons in the summer where the weather is so fine. Usually so early in the morning. In my hometown Pampanga, the rides are scheduled so early in the morning like around 5 am to 7 am. The wind is so fine during those time of the day.

How hot air balloon works? How do they lift up? The balloon floats and lifts up in the air because of the buoyant force exerted on it. The buoyancy of the hot air balloon depends upon the difference between the temperature of the air inside the envelope and the temperature of the air outside the envelope. It’s majorly about density if you get me.

A simple video how hot air balloon lifts up is on the right side.

Hot Air Balloon Festival 2011 from Clark, Pampanga, Philippines
Hot Air Balloon Festival 2011 from Clark, Pampanga, Philippines

Hot air balloon festivals usually feature other exciting events. These thrilling activities include hot air balloon flights, paragliding exhibitions, aerobic flight display, kite flying exhibition, hot air balloon bursting competitions, sky diving exhibitions, Airsoft competitions, and my favorite – hot air balloon night glow. Have you gone to your hot air balloon festival this 2011?

Hot air balloon festivals and rides in the USA are famous in the cities like Orlando Florida, Tamba Bay, Austin Texas, Houston, San Diego California, Napa and Los Angeles, Phoenix, Arizona, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Virginia, Ohio, and Colorado.

Hot air balloon worldwide has grandiose festivities, too from countries like New England, UK, France,  Spain, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Philippines, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Jordan, Slovakia, Japan, Thailand and Russia. To see the complete list of this year 2011 hot air balloon festivals around the world, go to

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Thanks for reading my hub. Hope you enjoyed hot air ballooning in moi page :)


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    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      mrbr14nwll - those hot air balloons were from a festival from Clark this year 2011. The event was last February if you read my hub you know it ;) Yup, the barn house is cool. Thanks a million! :)

      The Star Wars balloon is my favorite I must say :) It is indeed exciting. Thanks so much for visiting Allsuretybonds :)

    • AllSuretyBonds profile image


      9 years ago

      Those are awesome air balloons! I really liked the star wars one. Maybe someday I will get over my fear of heights and get in one of those! I looks so exciting!

    • mrbr14nwll profile image


      9 years ago

      I like To Ride on a Hot Air Balloon. I think There's a Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, But I'm Not sure about that. Anyway, I want To Ride that barn house balloon. so cute with a cow in the window. Great Hub as always. =D

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Just seeing them is exciting already ;) Thanks for voting and commenting. Would love to see your photos :)

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      Walter Tully 

      9 years ago

      I just voted yeah! Ha ha. I would love to ride a hot air balloon. I've never tried it, even if I live here in Denver. Hot air balloon riding is one of my family's favorite summer events, but we only take photos. Maybe this year, that will change. Btw, those are great pictures!

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Ken! hahah that was so exciting and breathtaking. Watching them is already as thrilling as riding them. Have a great day, too. Thanks for reading and sharing your hot air balloon experience. :)

      I love them, too. Thanks Suejanet!

    • suejanet profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I love hot air balloons.

    • Ken Barton profile image

      Ken Barton 

      9 years ago

      Awesome pictures of the hot air balloons. My wife and I love to follow them around when they fly over head just to see where they're going to come down. Once, we even watched a hot air balloon take off over to Letchworth State Park from the lower falls area. It went up, drifted towards the falls, dipped down right in front of the falls and then went back up and over the hill on the other side. It was neat watching how well that balloonist controlled the balloon. I suggested for fun that he put a sign on the bottom of the basket that said, "How's My Flying 1-800-AIRBALLOON" Have a great day and Thanks, Ken B.

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      You wanna ride or go up.. either way sounds awesome! :) Thanks Katrina! :)

    • katrinasui profile image


      9 years ago

      I have never rode in a hot air balloon but i really want to go up in a hot hair balloon.

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks for the votes Rhonda. You're awesome! :)

      Hi Cheeky! You seem to have tried everything moi friend :) haha yeah that would be so shocking! Just imagine if that big black balloon from Star Wars floated past your flat LOL Or Cathy's Hubpages avatar ROFL! I'd be like, "is that Astra?!" You're so funny my friend! LOL I must stop :D

    • Cheeky Girl profile image

      Cassandra Mantis 

      9 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Fehl, what a great hub! I enjoyed this and the photos are cool too! I did try it once waaaaay out in the countryside, but for technical reasons our balloon didn't travel very far. Still I was very impressed and recommend everyone try it.

      If I woke up some morning and the large figure of the pirate in the barrel floated past my apartment window, that would be so awesome! Hehehe! I'd be checking myself that I hadn't been drinking beer or whatever! ROFL!

      Coolness! Rated up, Fehl! You rock! :) XOXO

    • Rhonda Waits profile image

      Rhonda Musch 

      9 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Sounds exciting and thrilling to go up in a hot air balloon. Never tried it though. Great hub. Voted up and awesome. Thanks for sharing your hub with us.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

    • twentyfive profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Breakfastpop! haha seems that your place is becoming their favorite landing.. lol Thanks for visiting my hot air balloons hub :)

      Hello Tom! I love watching them especially when they glow at night. Yup it's so scary. I didn't dare riding on one yet lol I must be there so early in the morning and yeah still thinking.. :) Thanks Tom! Cheers!

      Hello Prof A! Really? Oh that's scary! Yup, it's important to trust the pilot before the balloon.. ;p Thank you Prof!

      Hi Ingenira! What makes it more scary is that you can see the view below and above and every side you look. Unlike in an airplane, you've got limited vision. Hope you could decide to ride one day ;) Thank you!

      Hi WillStarr! What an exciting birthday treat! You've got a very brave daughter :) And she knows real adventure. What if your daughter surprised you on your birthday? Maybe you could ride a hot air balloon again :) Thanks!

      Hello Sherry! Me too but one day I would :)

      Hi Kashmir! You can just watch instead :) You're awesome! Thank you :)

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      Thomas Silvia 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi twentyfive, thanks for this very beautifully written hub,even though the hot air balloon look so pretty in the sky and it may look like fun it's something i would not try.

      Awesome hub !!!

    • sherrylou57 profile image


      9 years ago from Riverside

      I have never rode in a hot air balloon

    • WillStarr profile image


      9 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I took my daughter for a ride on her 10th birthday. She hated it because the burner makes it very hot in the basket. Then, the wind came up unexpectedly, and our landing was very rough...the next thing to a crash. That part she liked!

      It was my first and last balloon ride.

    • Ingenira profile image


      9 years ago

      I am afraid of height, but I have no problem with airplane. Not sure if I dare to take this hot air balloon, but your well presented hub really tempt me !

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      Mentalist acer 

      9 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Inevitably there's a news story every year of a balloon crashing on an electrical-wire,so I'd be careful to get a highly qualified resume from an experienced balloneer and enjoy myself!;)

    • justom profile image


      9 years ago from 41042

      Great hub, I love to watch them but just the thought of going up in one scares the .... out of me. Nice work! Peace!! Tom

    • breakfastpop profile image


      9 years ago

      I can't tell you how many times hot air balloons have landed on my street!


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