Adirondack Balloon Festival Pro Tips

Adirondack Balloon Festival
Photo by Jim Duell

Get ready for the Adirondack Balloon Festival! It’s a stunning display of hot-air-balloons in the sky that will make your jaw drop. We’ve got some top tips, so you can make the most of the festival.

1. The event is completely weather dependent — so don’t be surprised if there are delays for balloon take-off.

2. The roads to the festival site are gridlocked, so add on extra time for travel.

3. There aren’t that many bathrooms at the festival site – so try to go beforehand to avoid long lines.

4. If you’re going to see the balloons in the sky in the morning, wrap up warm. It can be really chilly in the Adirondacks in September.

5. Bring binoculars, so you can get a good look at the hot-air balloons.

Adirondack Balloon Festival
Photo by Jim Duell

6. Check the Adirondack Balloon Festival’s Facebook page for updates about the balloon flights and the weather.

7. Some balloon pilots offer the chance to ride with them. Check-out the list of participating pilots. Note: the festival doesn’t organize the balloon ride. You must contact the pilots individually.

8. No drones and no pets — sorry!

9. Bring a flashlight if you are attending in the evening.

Check out our Adirondack Balloon Festival event guide for the full low-down on the festival.

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