Williamsburg KOA Offers Balloon Rides to Campers
Campers at the Williamsburg, Va., KOA Campground can tour the historic area from the air with a quiet, peaceful ride in a hot air balloon.
The Williamsburg KOA has teamed with Virginia Balloons to offer daily balloon rides to campers. The rides are available daily from April to December. The balloon will frequently make two flights a day, weather permitting, according to a news release.
The cost of the rides in the four-passenger to six-passenger balloon is $250 per person on weekdays, and $275 per person on weekends. There is also a $25 “pick up” fee for transportation to approved locations.
Since routes for balloon adventure trips are determined by the wind and weather conditions, exact launch and landing locations will be decided the night before flights. A special children’s rate of $125 is also available. Children age 5-13 weighing 100 pounds or less can fly for a $1 per pound.
Private flights are available for $350 per person weekdays and $400 per person on weekends. The pickup fee and children’s rates remain the same.
The balloon’s pilot, Mark Nelson, has been flying balloons since 1977. He received his student pilot’s license from instructor Tony Fairbanks, a renowned early gas balloon pilot who flew the “Lucky Strike” balloon and also was the balloon pilot for the 1955 Disney film “Around the World in 80 Days.”
Nelson has extensive experiencing in piloting balloons in the Shenandoah Valley, Williamsburg and Chesapeake areas of Virginia.
Balloon ride tickets are available for purchase at the Williamsburg KOA Campground store.