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Above Reality Inc. Hot Air Balloon Rides

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Address: 71 Essex Way, Essex, VT 05452
Phone Number: +1 802-899-4007
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Come float with us on a whimsical journey above the world below. One of our...

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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A wonderful experience!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
Smriti P
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 third attempt (in two countries!!) at getting to experience one. So I really really wanted... More 

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Thank Smriti P
Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Kunlun S
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 landing location, we felt well taken care of at all times. And the post flight... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Niagara Falls, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I wanted nothing more than to go on a hot air balloon ride for my 30th birthday. On our annual mother/daughter trip, my mom and I were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride with Above Reality Inc. at sunset. It was a perfect fall day. The crew was amazing, the captain was... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

We are SO glad that we booked Above Reality for our first hot air balloon experience...it was unforgettable! Pilot Jeff and his crew were so professional and friendly; there was not one second where we didn't feel safe or not confident in the team. It's quite a serene experience with incredible views; there's no motion or rocking, you're basically just... More 

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Colchester, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

this trip was a birthday present from my family. one of the best gifts i ever received! everything from beginning to end went smoothly. I called to make plans, was given information over the phone, then an emailed, detailed account of plans for the balloon ride were sent to me. we were met at the designated spot and then we... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

This happened to be a Christmas gift for our family (we flew in July on our 32nd wedding anniversary!). I cannot think of a better way to spend it. Jeff was not only extremely competent, but informative and funny. We were able to observe the entire process from testing wind currents and and observing wind strength/speed, inflation to deflation of... More 

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Essex, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

We had a great time on this scenic adventure. The pilot was terrific and we felt safe at all times. Although it was a little mellow for my adrenaline junkie tastes, this company was outstanding. I was unprepared for how loud it is in the air and would have brought earplugs had I known.

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Jeff S, Owner at Above Reality Inc. Hot Air Balloon Rides, responded to this review

Hi Liz3668, Glad to hear that we exceeded your expectations and thank you for the excellent feedback. For those who might be going flying with us in the future, we do carry ear plugs on board if you find the burner noise to be bothersome, just ask for a set of ear plugs. Thanks again for flying with us and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

We took a long weekend trip up to Vermont for our anniversary. A hot air balloon ride has been on our bucket list for years, so we decided to go for it. It was breathtaking... Jeff and his crew were fantastic, and we had an absolutely amazing experience. We absolutely recommend them and we'd do it again in a heartbeat!

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