We want all passengers to feel prepared, safe and comfortable in their experience with the Lake Geneva Balloon Company. If any of your questions or concerns are not addressed in this list, please contact us: we’re always looking to expand and improve this resource.
The single most important thing you need to know about hot air ballooning with The Lake Geneva Balloon Company is our complete dedication to your safety. For that reason, cancellations are a fairly common part of hot air ballooning in the midwest. The average guest is cancelled 6-8 times before their flight occurs. If you’re going to purchase and schedule a balloon ride with us, know that multiple cancellations can occur, but we’ll do everything we can to make it painless and limit your inconvenience.
Yes, we do! An educated consumer is our best guest. Many of our guests have no idea what to expect for their balloon flight adventure and they have a lot of questions. Our Customer Care Guide is an extensive look at all the information you need to understand and plan for your balloon flight with us.
You can download a copy of our Customer Care Guide here:
We have two flight packages for you to choose from:
$260 per person
PRIVATE FLIGHT FOR TWO
$700 per couple
We only require a 50% down payment in order to reserve an advanced date.
The balance of your down payment is due after the post-flight celebration that follows your flight. Please be prepared to pay the full amount by cash, check or major credit card.
Unlike with most balloon ride companies, active certificates with The Lake Geneva Balloon Company never expire. An active certificate is one for which at least one reservation in the past 12 months has been made. Certificates that haven’t had a reservation made in the past 12 months are considered “inactive” and will be honored only at the discretion of management.
You can download a copy of our Assumption of Risk form here:
Your flight certificate can be redeemed by anyone. The bearer of the certificate is the legal owner in our eyes. If you want to sell or give away your certificate… feel free. We only ask that the recipient of the transfer give us a call to register the certificate in their name.
We can accept most major credit cards through our online booking application on our website or if you book by phone at (262)-206-3975. After the flight, when the other 50% is due, we’ll accept either credit card, cash or a check made out to The Lake Geneva Balloon Company.
When we have to cancel a flight, we try to limit your inconvenience by canceling your flight before you drive into Lake Geneva. Your pilot will contact you to let you know if you will be meeting. The following are the call times for our flight notifications:
In both cases, we also post flight status on our Facebook page and Flight Status page: https://lakegenevaballoon.com/flight-status/
If your goal is to have a safe balloon flight in the midwest, patience is your best friend. The pilot must be absolutely certain of the weather. Our Chief Pilot, John Trione is an expert in aerostation meteorology (that’s fancy talk for ballooning weather). If a flight is scheduled and cancelled it is most likely due to unsuitable weather conditions that affect your safety. We know it’s disappointing to have a weather cancellation, but we’d rather disappoint you with a cancellation than put your safety at risk.
Ballooning is safely done at the beginning and end of each day. Balloons do not fly during the middle part of the day. The weather map below shows what good ballooning weather looks like to us in the midwest. High pressure centered over Minnesota and moving toward Wisconsin is a good sign for ballooning. Ideal conditions include:
In the end, the pilot in command is always the final arbiter of the safety of a balloon flight and has the final say on whether or not conditions are flyable.
If your flight may be cancelled, we encourage you to use our online booking application to reschedule. Or if you like you can call us at (262) 206-3975. Please note that we only allow guests to have one reservation on the calendar at a time.
In general, dress as though you were going for a nature hike for a few hours. Wear closed full shoes, like sneakers or boots. Do not wear sandals, flip-flops, crocks or clogs, high-heels etc. The balloon may land in rough terrain and you want to protect your feet. If the season is cool, dress in layers so you can add or remove clothing to ensure your comfort.
It is no colder in the balloon than on the ground. Wear long pants even in summer. This helps protect your legs in case the balloon lands in an area with unfriendly vegetation like stickers, thistles, etc. Hats are suggested for taller passengers since the burner produces radiant heat.
You will need to bring the following documents:
For sunrise and sunset times in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, please visit our weather page.
Yes, you can download a map to Balloonport Lake Geneva here:
If you would like, you may ask the pilot to “join the crew” and help out. It’s a fun part of the experience and your crew chief will give you all the “on the job” training you’ll need. Don’t worry, safety is our first priority and any job you will be assigned to will be one that is in-line with your ballooning experience.
If you’d rather let us do the work, that is great too — your trip, your call! If you choose instead to be a spectator and take photos, please remain in the approved areas for passengers during set-up and inflation.
Your flight will last approximately 1 hour in length. Technically, the Lake Geneva Balloon Company sales contract defines 45 minutes as a full ride, but dramatic weather changes are the only reason a flight would end before 60 minutes have elapsed. In total, the from the time you meet us in the parking lot until after our post-flight celebration at The Lake Geneva Pie Company is approximately 2.5 hours.
The crew on the ground gets permission from a land owner and we land the balloon. Your crew will take down the balloon system and pack it away. You are more than welcome to join in, but it is not required. Please remember, we are usually on private property and have limited permission to be there. Let’s respect the property of the landowners who grant us permission and leave no trace of our intrusion. The Lake Geneva Balloon Company prides itself on being a good neighbor.We will drive you back for the post-flight celebration at the Lake Geneva Pie Company.
After we pack up and drive back to Balloonport Lake Geneva we have a small post-flight champagne toast.
At this time that you’ll also be presented with your post-flight certificate (suitable for framing) that commemorates your time spent above Lake Geneva. You will also have the opportunity to look through the various merchandise we offer for sale. The post flight atmosphere is relaxed, so stay and enjoy the food, beverage and stories about your adventure.
As with any service-oriented business, if you feel the performance, customer service and friendliness of your flight crew was exceptional and want to reward that with a monetary tip, we thank you! Our pilots and crew are professionals — paid employees who are dedicated in their training and performance to make your balloon flight safe and enjoyable. Because of the “hit or miss” nature of our business, most of our employees work other jobs and work as crew people because of their love of the sport. The wages and tips they earn are really appreciated for their dedication and hard work.
Your pilot will provide you with a private cell phone number the day of your flight. Or you can call our office at (262) 206-3975. This phone is also manned during “non-business hours” on days when flight operations are being conducted.
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“I couldn’t think of a more unique birthday gift to give to someone than a hot air balloon ride with John and his crew at the Lake Geneva Balloon Company.”
“The ride was breathtaking, and even though we were a little nervous at first, you set us right at ease at made it one of the most unique and awesome experiences of our lives!”
“Thanks for everything in making our 1st balloon ride a great success. We couldn’t have chosen a better pilot & crew for our 1st flight!!”