Unforgettable Hot Air Balloon Rides & Experiences in St. Louis, Missouri.

Unforgettable Hot Air Balloon Rides & Experiences in St. Louis, Missouri.

The world is different from up here.

Hot Air Ballooning is an exhilarating aeronautical adventure where you float with the breeze from treetop height to a few thousand feet above the ground, experiencing great views and giving the pilot steerage to the best available landing site.

Since the balloon is traveling with the wind, there is little to no sensation of the wind. It is generally a very calm and serene experience.  A Hot Air Balloon ride is on the bucket list for many people looking to enjoy a once in a lifetime adventure.

Velocity Ballooning specializes in giving private, highly-personalized Hot Air Balloon rides, focusing on your desires and expectations, creating a very boutique ballooning adventure. We take great pride in providing you with excellent customer service, with the goal of putting you at ease and creating a very comfortable experience as we sail through the sky to create amazing life-lasting memories!


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What to expect

Reservations are required.  We usually meet our passengers in St. Charles County.  Our passengers will park their vehicle and travel to the launch field in our balloon chase vehicle.  Once we arrive to the field, our balloon crew gets to work unloading and preparing the aircraft.  At this time, our pilot will give you a thorough safety briefing.  Additionally, the passengers may partake in the setup or can just enjoy watching the setup of the balloon, or taking pictures.  The setup takes about 20 minutes.  Once setup and a final preflight check of the balloon are made, the passengers will be requested to board and a final briefing will be made.  Our flights are approximately one hour long, depending on the winds and landing site options. Upon landing, our pilot and crew packs up the gear, and then a toast with a glass of champagne, or nonalcoholic beverage, and the traditional Balloonist’s Prayer ends your amazing adventure.

Hot Air Ballooning is a team sport and our pilot, Kurt, could not do what he does without the expert help of our ground crew.  From driving the chase vehicle, to unloading and loading the balloon and basket, to launching, deflating and packing up the balloon, crew members are an integral part of having a safe balloon adventure.

Kurt Vitense

Kurt has been a Professional International Corporate Business Jet Pilot for over 25 years. With a passion for flight he took up hot air ballooning as his favorite hobby. Now he enjoys taking families, couples and kids on a custom, personalized hot air balloon ride. Give Kurt a call to learn how you can take to the sky with Velocity Ballooning.

  • Balloon Names: Oasis & Eden
  • Balloon Type: Lindstrand 105,000 & 90,000 cu.ft.
  • Pilot: Kurt Vitense
  • Crew Chief: Kimberly



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