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Great Park Balloon Ride

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Ranked #7 in Irvine things to do
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Great Park Balloon Ride, 8000 Great Park Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92618
(866) 829-3829
http://www.cityofirvine.org/orange-county-great-park/great-park-balloon-carousel
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Get in Hold On and Enjoy! This is just about the best thing in the whole world with the perfect price, FREE!!!!! OHHHHH YEAH! Be careful the Cool-Aid dude is about to bust through ... Read more
the wall!!! So you found your way to the Great Park Balloon ride. So park in the FREE parking lot. Walk over to the main center building and pick up a Balloon Ride Pass for FREE. Cruise around a bit till your pass lights up. Then go turn in your pass to get a FREE Balloon Ride ticket. You then meander over to the FREE Balloon Ride waiting area. Then proceed to the FREE Balloon Ride waiting zone as the balloon descends and lets off the previous group. Then you board the FREE Balloon Ride.... This is where it goes crazy... they have a huge round walking path that is hooked up to the tethered balloon...this is really fun. The ascent is extremely well controlled and smooth... The wind can be a problem but it wasnt while I went up with my munchkin whose eyes were wide in wonder. She was just exclaiming at all the views and looking down to see how high we were up... Talk about heaven for a lil munchkin... or an adult like me... my mom was also there and absolutely loved it as well... You got up around 300-500 feet and I believe it varies based on the winds... but wow... what an awesome view... Did I mention this was FREE!!! Seriously take advantage of your tax dollars and get your ass out here and go for a ride on the Big Orange FREE Balloon!!! I mean why not it doesnt cost much since its FREE!!!

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A balloon ride up to view Orange County seeing mountains & sea simultaneously!

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Los Angeles

$10 for Balloon Ride now. Not worth it in my opinion since it only goes up and down. It's strung to the ground. They should really decorate the balloon for events. Kinda of boring being orange all the time.

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Get in Hold On and Enjoy! This is just about the best thing in the whole world with the perfect price, FREE!!!!! OHHHHH YEAH! Be careful the Cool-Aid dude is about to bust through the wall!!!

So you found your way to the Great Park Balloon ride. So park in the FREE parking lot. Walk over to the main center building and pick up a Balloon Ride Pass for FREE. Cruise around a bit till your pass lights up. Then go turn in your pass to get a FREE Balloon Ride ticket. You then meander over to the FREE Balloon Ride waiting area. Then proceed to the FREE Balloon Ride waiting zone as the balloon descends and lets off the previous group. Then you board the FREE Balloon Ride....

This is where it goes crazy... they have a huge round walking path that is hooked up to the tethered balloon...this is really fun. The ascent is extremely well controlled and smooth... The wind can be a problem but it wasnt while I went up with my munchkin whose eyes were wide in wonder. She was just exclaiming at all the views and looking down to see how high we were up...

Talk about heaven for a lil munchkin... or an adult like me... my mom was also there and absolutely loved it as well... You got up around 300-500 feet and I believe it varies based on the winds... but wow... what an awesome view...

Did I mention this was FREE!!! Seriously take advantage of your tax dollars and get your ass out here and go for a ride on the Big Orange FREE Balloon!!!

I mean why not it doesnt cost much since its FREE!!!

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Long Beach

I recommend going at night - the Irvine Spectrum Center looks fabulous at night. Did I mention it's free?

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Local from Orange

REE FREE hot air balloon ride & Ice Skating (depends on which days- check their website calendar)...what else can u ask for?? =)

The hot air balloon ride here is AWESOME especially @ nite when everything looks so pretty from up above in the balloon.. =)
It's a great date / couple/ group thing to do lotsa fun =) especially if you've never been in a hot air balloon before.. ;)

All you have to do is go & RSVP in advance like 20 min. or so depending on the line...if you go on weekdays, there's almost no line at all.. ;)

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San Diego

I want to go back and try this in the future.

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