Rated as the No. 1 Outdoor Activity in Ithaca, Southern Tier offers hot air balloon rides to enjoy the breathtaking views of the southerly hills in the Finger Lakes area. Flights from Ithaca are like no other with stunning views of Cayuga Lake, South Hill, Cornell University, and more. Flights meet at Stewart Park, Cass Park or Tutelo Park depending on the wind direction for that day, and directions are provided to each park. Each flight is 45 - 70 minutes in the air, but the experience will involve 2.5 - 3 hours total to meet, fly, drive back, and celebrate with a post flight toast. With thousands of hours of flight experience and a perfect safety record, Southern Tier takes care of all the logistics and invites you to sit back, relax, and bask in the beauty of the Finger Lakes.
- All flight locations are less than a 10-min. drive from the hotel
- Open year-round, weather permitting, tours depart every morning just after sunrise and every evening a couple hours prior to sunset