Featuring over 20 hot air balloons, 100 food and craft vendors, live bands, fireworks displays, and much more, the Chester County Balloon Festival in PA is the must-see event of the summer. Now in its 10th year, the festival has expanded to a 3-day extravaganza where guests of all ages can enjoy balloon flights, plane rides, and even a walk-thru balloon tour. Whether you’re excited to fly high in the sky or prefer to keep your feet on the ground, a trip to this year’s balloon festival will be an experience you’ll never forget – and it’s just a short drive from the Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem! Here are a few of the things you’ll see.
Spend a Day at the Balloon Festival in PA
Hot Air Balloons
There’s nothing more magical than seeing the beauty of Pennsylvania’s natural landscape from above, and a hot air balloon ride is the perfect way to do so. Floating gently through the air, you’ll have spectacular views of rolling hills, trees, ponds, and streams, and may even be able to spot local wildlife like deer, fox, or red tail hawks. Guests can contact Air Ventures Hot Air Balloon Rides to reserve a ride, buy tickets online, or purchase a ride at the festival (cash only). Flights tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to get your tickets early!
In between hot air balloon rides, stop by the festival’s food vendors where you can choose from a wide variety of delicious eats. Feel free to munch on a classic Maryland crab cake sandwich, or sink your teeth into some local Chester County barbecue. For those 21 and over, there will be wine tastings available from renowned area wineries as well as a Victory Breweries Beer Garden chock-full of craft beer. Guests can also purchase souvenirs and gifts from one of the festival’s many craft vendors, including handmade jewelry, professional balloon photos, and other unique merchandise.
The 2016 Chester County Balloon Festival takes place June 24th through the 26th and will offer an eclectic mix of events and activities over the course of the weekend. The kids will love experiencing monster truck rides, a fire truck parade, kid’s zone, and tethered balloon rides, and adult guests can enjoy thrilling helicopter rides, introductory flight courses, and even a free scuba diving class. We recommend checking the festival events schedule for frequent updates and planning your trip around your favorite events.
Book Your Stay at the Sayre Mansion!
After you purchase your tickets for the festival, don’t forget to make your reservations at our Bethlehem bed and breakfast! Situated in the heart of Lehigh Valley, our gorgeous rooms and suites are the perfect place to rest after a fun day, and our friendly and attentive staff will help make your trip unforgettable. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures at the Chester County Balloon Festival in PA!
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