Hot Air Balloon Rides Omaha Call (402) 979-RIDE
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Emerald City Express can provide the ballooning experience to meet your desires. Rides are available in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa within reasonable driving distance of Omaha Nebraska. Contact us to schedule your personal ride in a hot air balloon.
2021 Regular Season is Fully Booked
Our normal season ends October 3rd. Unfortunately the interest in balloon rides has far exceeded the number of flyable days in this season. We are fully booked and our standby list is filled. Please occasionally check back or call 402-979-7433 (RIDE) to see if any openings or special arrangements are available. We do fly weekends in October and November but only on short notice arrangements because of weather unpredictability.
Looking Forward to 2022
The 2022 ballooning season will start in May 2022. We will start taking reservations in April 2022. Based on the increased demand from this past year, we expect the entire 2022 ballooning season will be booked by mid-June therefore early reservations are recommended. The 2022 season will have a new booking and reservation approach along with different experience options including an option for a discounted flight cost and your very own personal pilot training experience. Please check back next spring for more details on ballooning in 2022.
Some Ride Facts:
Shopping the internet for a balloon ride? Then please read this warning about balloon ride scams:
There are only a small handful of balloonist in the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa region. Within a two hour drive of Omaha, you can count the number of legitimate commercial balloon pilots on one hand. Unfortunately, there are a number of national hot air balloon and bucket-list scams which claim to be balloon operators in any given city across the country including Omaha, Lincoln and Des Monies. These operators take your money and then hope to find a local pilot to give you a flight. No local pilots are known to currently be working with these national rides sales organizations. To avoid being scammed, always deal directly with the owner/pilot of the balloon. Be suspicious of national, toll-free, or non-local phone numbers. Always ask to speak with the pilot directly. In most cases you are dealing with a national ride broker if it is not the pilot or their spouse answering the phone in the first place. Local pilots do not take money in advance nor do they require deposits. We don't want to see anybody scammed. Even if you do not want to fly with Emerald City, please contact us and we will refer you to legitimate commercial pilots in the area.
Hot air balloon giving tether rides to passengers