The best way to discover the beautiful landscapes of the Hudson Valley is from above. Therefore the annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival held every summer at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York, has been one of the region's most successful events for over 20 years.
The festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Many come from New York City, but actually there are guests from all over the world. The festival starts at 4 pm on Friday. One of the highlights is the evening Majestic Hot-Air Balloon Illumination Moon Glow. Early morning lift-off takes place at 5 am on Saturday and Sunday. There are also tether rides and rides in the hot-air balloons available for the public. About 100 balloons are launched annually during the festival. In addition to that, there are helicopter rides, games, live music, hayrides, and other fun activities.
Tether rides are $20 per person. The price for morning and evening hot-air balloon flights are $250 and $275 per person, respectively. All Weekend Access Pass costs $22.95 per person and can be purchased online only and can be used for all three days. Children's admission under the age of three is free of charge. Parking here is free as well.