A Comparison of Hot Air Balloon Rides in Baltimore

by Oliver Stallwood  |  Published May 27, 2024

There’s more to Baltimore than culture, history and great food and drink – it’s also a great place to take a balloon ride.


Baltimore is a fascinating city full of vibrant culture, history and food and drink. But while the Maryland city certainly is full of surprises – it even has the largest public collection of Matisse in the world – the best way to see it is from the air. Hot air balloon rides are a unique way to experience Baltimore, giving incredible views of the Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium, the harbor, American Visionary Art Museum, and the surrounding countryside. Here is a comparison of hot air balloon rides in Baltimore. 

Hot Air Balloon Ride Baltimore, Private Basket, 1 Hour Flight

This is an expensive option but it is arguably one of the best. This is, as the name suggests, a private flight, which means no sharing your balloon basket. Instead you get a personalised experience soaring the skies above Baltimore and Washington, D.C. This trip is ideally suited to couples too – whisper it, it could also be a pretty special place to propose – and makes for an unforgettable experience. The experienced pilot is FAA Certified and flights are available either at sunrise or just before sunset, depending on your preference. Whatever you choose it will be the trip of a lifetime. From €535.15.

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Hot Air Balloon Ride Baltimore, 1 Hour Flight

For something a little more affordable, this is a similar flight – it’s just not private. You get the same 360 degrees vistas and unmatched serenity as you float through the air at a few miles per hour. The flight is around one-hour long but the trip is three to four hours in total, which includes setting up. What is highly recommended and welcomed, if you feel like it, is getting involved in the preparation of the balloon before the inflation – it’s an experience in itself. The organisers recommend wearing outdoor clothes, solid shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen – and a camera is definitely advised. From €325.74.

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Sky Candy Ballooning

Sky Candy Ballooning is a family-owned hot air balloon company just outside of central Baltimore. It’s a family-run business and extremely professional and friendly – a perfect way to get to know the world of hot air ballooning. The standard package has the opportunity to learn about the assembly, inflation, and breakdown of a hot air balloon if you would like to get hands-on, as well as taking you up for beautiful views of Maryland. Following the flight there is a champagne toast (or sparkling cider) with your co-passengers, the crew, and landowners. One to four passengers is $325.70 per passenger and a group package of five is $307.13 per passenger.

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