Monday, November 21, 2011

Accessible Hot Air Balloon Rides

By Kim Cantrell, CFILC’s Director of Programs

While at the Abilities Expo in San Jose last weekend, I came across an exhibit showcasing an accessible hot air balloon basket made for wheelchair users. It was an amazing sight. Now wheelchair users can easily enjoy hot air balloon experiences. The accessible basket has a ramp, lowered rail and a window allowing more than 180 degree visibility for all passengers.

Currently there is only one company offering accessible hot air ballooning experiences in the United States. Located in wine country, Up & Away Ballooning takes off from the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa. If you are a wheelchair user interested in a hot air ballooning experience, click here to check it out.

What accessible adventures have you had? Please share in the comment box below.

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