Hot Air Balloon Trips, Racing In Helen, Georgia, & An Atmospheric Festival

Posted by Tom Telford on Tue, May 14, 2019

For a once-in-a-lifetime type experience, why not enjoy a non-traditional picnic from a hot air balloon? Or, experience the exciting annual event: Helen to Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Racing & Festival.

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Photo by Hosea Georgeson on Unsplash

Balloons Over Georgia

Balloon tour companies near the cabins in Helen, GA such as Balloons over Georgia are ideal for a family adventure or a romantic excursion. Balloons Over Georgia offers hot air balloon rides that are sure to take your breath away. What could be better than spending an afternoon lazily drifting over the Georgia landscape while enjoying a birds eye view of the beautiful countryside and villages below?

As you float beneath the clouds and next to the hawks indigenous to the area, you will be able to take a look at the majestic mountains from above, mighty rivers, vast timberland forests, and you may even be lucky enough to spot a deer running across the ground! So, pack up some sandwiches or a bottle of champagne and enjoy a meal with the most spectacular views of the region possible. It is guaranteed to become a memory that will last a lifetime. 

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Photo by Jøn on Unsplash

As a couple you can view the beauty of the North Georgia panorama like never before from high in the sky. Based in Forsyth county, your balloon tour will begin just a short drive from your luxury cabin. The Atlanta skyline and the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain Ranges are only the beginning. The aerial views of Lake Lanier, Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain and many others offer plenty of photo opportunities and moments that can draw a couple closer together.

From way up high, you will have front row seats to spotting some of the airborne wildlife that is native to Georgia such as blue herons, red-tail hawks, and even large cranes.

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Image by debi1016 from Pixabay

46th Annual Hot Air Balloon Racing & Festival

In June each year, you can experience the rush of watching dozens of colorful hot air balloons take off from Helen's own Alpine Village.

These balloons make their trek each year all the way from Helen to the Atlantic. The festivities then carry on throughout the weekend with local balloon flying and rides for visitors to enjoy.

Next Event Date: May 30, 31 & June 1, 2019
Schedule of events:

  • May 30
    • 7:00 am lift-off for Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race & Mass Ascension
    • 6:30 pm local balloon event
  • May 31
    • 7:00 am local balloon event
    • 6:30 pm local balloon event
  • June 1
    • 7:00 am local balloon event
    • 6:30 pm local balloon event
    • 7:30 pm tethered balloon rides for public (appx 5 min flight)

Please note, all balloon launches are weather dependent. They won't launch if it's too windy or stormy. For additional details, please visit the official website here.

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This shot is from our small family cabin, Simple Pleasures

Stay With Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals During The Annual Hot Air Balloon Racing Weekend

We have dozens of cabins for couples and families to stay comfortably in and around Helen, Georgia. Enjoy the exciting balloon activities and return back to your cabin for a luxurious stay in North Georgia.

Click here to view our available cabins.

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Photo by SH Lam on Unsplash

What do you hope to see from the top of the world?

Share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences about hot ballooning in the comments below.

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