Welcome to the website for Balloons Aloft, Inc., Hot Air Balloon Rides. We love hot air ballooning! Read on and enjoy some pictures and information about the most fun you can have in a single afternoon or morning!

Balloons Aloft, Inc. is owned by Marty Pfenninger, a Commercial-Rated Hot Air Balloon and airplane Pilot, and his wife, Johanna. Marty has been an Instrument Rated fixed-wing (airplane) pilot for over 40 years, has been involved with ballooning for about 25 years, and is happiest when he is up in the air! All of our pilots are Commercial Hot Air Balloon-rated. The company is dedicated to bringing fun, exhilarating, and safe hot air balloon rides to our special clientele.

Flights last about an hour, and take place in beautiful Hunterdon County, NJ. We launch from Sky Manor Airport, Pittstown, NJ. The landscape is a combination of wooded areas, farmland, and beautiful villages and towns. The passengers aloft are treated to a serene, fantastic, sometimes dream-like panorama. The experience of floating aloft is unparalleled for the novice as well as the experienced passenger. You can give yourself over to the sensation of floating above the land and away from your daily worries and stress. See things from a different perspective-it's fun and stimulating and extraordinary all at the same time.

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Some recent views of our flights

Ready For Liftoff?
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about hot air ballooning with Balloons Aloft, Inc!
Pricing is listed a little further down the page, and when you are ready to sign up, click the Sign Me Up button to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I go on a flight? +
    It's Easy! Just pick a date and give us a call. Call our toll-free number 1-866-800-4FUN (4386) or our local number (908) 996-3333. You can also use our Online Reservation Form!
  • How does the pilot steer? +
    The wind currents change speed and direction at different altitudes. As the balloon ascends, the pilot becomes aware of the changes and can use the wind to "steer" the balloon. Part of the fun and adventure of ballooning is in not knowing exactly where you will be going or where you will land!
  • How high will we be? +
    We usually fly between 500 and 2500 feet. Different altitudes give you different perspectives. It's fun to be able to see New York, Philadelphia, the reservoirs and the Delaware River, and then come down to the lower altitudes and float above the trees.
  • How long does the flight last? +
    The actual flight lasts about one hour, (between 45 minutes and an hour and 15 minutes, depending on winds and available landing spots.) The whole experience lasts approximately 2 ½-3 hours. It includes your arrival at the airport, signing in, going out to the launch field, inflating the envelope, and boarding the balloon. After landing and packing up the balloon, everyone rides back to the airport in the chase vehicle. Your party is presented with a bottle of Champagne and a Certificate of Ascension, your photos are streamed to Facebook for you (you don't need a Facebook account), then a CD of all your photos in full resolution will be sent to you.
  • Can I help? +
    Most folks love to get involved in the whole adventure and are encouraged to do so.There are lots of "jobs" you can help with if you'd like. There are a lot of opportunities to take photos, and many of our passengers like to photograph each other "helping out" with launching or packing up. And of course we will be photographing your flight from beginning to end!
  • What should I wear? +
    The ballooning adventure is similar to other outdoor sporting activities. Common sense should prevail in choosing your clothing when taking a balloon flight. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are very important, as are trousers as opposed to shorts or skirts. On morning flights, be aware that the grass is often covered with dew, so waterproof footwear will keep your feet dry. Other than that, a shirt or outer jacket and gloves in cooler weather and a hat are smart choices. Note: for taller individuals, a cap may be comfortable to shield the top of the head from the warmth generated by the propane burner used to heat the air in the envelope.
  • What's the temperature aloft? +
    Since the balloon floats on air currents, there is not the sensation of wind blowing. The temperature aloft is basically the same as the on-ground temperature, with only very slight cooling at higher altitudes.
  • When do you fly? +
    Our season usually starts around mid-April, and goes through October. Flights can depart around sunrise and about 2 hours before sunset. These are the times during the day when the wind is calm enough to fly. If it is too windy on the day you are scheduled to fly or the weather is otherwise inclement, we can reschedule your flight. If we cannot reschedule for a time convenient for you your deposit will be returned.
  • Where do we fly? +
    We fly over beautiful Hunterdon County in New Jersey, and sometimes, depending on wind direction, over the Delaware River into Pennsylvania. There are ample opportunities to take magnificent photographs.

Balloon Flight Pricing

Balloons Aloft offers different pricing options, so you can pick the one that suits your wishes. You can choose between Non-Exclusive flights where you may fly with other passengers, or Exclusive flights where you have the balloon all to yourself! Don't worry, the pilot is always included.
Gratuity not included.

The "not-so-fine Print"

All our reservations are made via telephone or our website. If the website is used to request a flight, your reservation is not confirmed until you’ve spoken with someone from our office. Using the website will speed up the process by filling in the request form. In either case, a valid credit card number is required to hold your flight reservation.

IMPORTANT: 72 hours (3 days) notice must be given for cancellations or date changes. Cancellations by passengers made less than 72 hours before flight departure will incur a charge of 50% of the flight cost plus $20 on their credit card. If the pilot determines the weather is unsuitable or unsafe to fly, passengers will not be charged anything and may reschedule if desired.

Payment in full for your flight is due after the flight is complete. Cash or check will be accepted. Please bring cash or check for the full amount of the flight. If payment is not made after the flight is complete, or the passengers miss the flight, your credit card will be charged the full amount of the flight plus a $20 fee.

Balloons Aloft
We hope you enjoyed learning about the excitement and adventure of hot air ballooning.
Please contact us if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you.
Airport Address
48 Sky Manor Rd
Sky Manor Airport
Pittstown, NJ 08867
Mailing Address
78 Pine Hill Rd
Stockton, NJ 08559
Join the Ground Crew
What's it like to launch and help land a 70 foot tall hot air balloon? Watch this video to get a glimpse at the important role the ground crew plays in this exciting adventure.