Take the family on a hot air balloon ride through the Napa Valley region with Napa Valley Aloft.
Who Can Go?
Children will need to be at least six years of age and a bit taller than 4 feet so that they can see over the side of the basket. If they don't meet those requirements, they won't be allowed to fly.
If you want to bring grandma, the baskets have footholds. The crew will help everyone get into and out of the basket if help is required.
It would be best to let them know ahead of time that you'll need some assistance. They might be able to bring out a stool to stand on. Or, the crew can help lift people into the basket if need be.
What's It Like?
Floating through Napa Valley is an exciting adventure. During the ground orientation, the staff tells you that an elevator moves up way faster than a hot air balloon. They also tell you that there is no wind up there because you are floating with the wind. Right they were.
The odd thing they tell you is that the higher you go, the warmer it gets. And of course, that was the case too. We really bundled up for the trip. That wasn't a problem though. The basket is sectioned off. So you could just drop your jacket on the ground if need be, or wrap it around your waste.
If you have never done this before, you are of course worried about safety.
Before you jump into the car and head off in the morning, you need to call their number to find out if they are flying. They might not be flying due to the weather. They need to have winds less than 9 miles an hour.
They keep monitoring the weather when you arrive at the meet up spot. It can be the case that they cancel the flight when you are there. Their motto is, "Better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air rather than being in the air wishing you were on the ground." That sounds good to me.
Last Bit of Advice?
Bring hats. If you're by the burners, it really isn't a problem. But it will be more comfortable if you have a hat on to shield you from the heat a bit.