Weekend Getaway – Hot Air Balloon Festival & An Indoor Water Park Close to NYC

getawayIf there were ever a weekend to get away then this would be it as hundreds of hot air balloons take to the sky at the 41st Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival, taking place September 19- 22, 2013.

There will be balloons of all shapes and sizes to watch from the gound as they take off into the sky only 3 hours north of the city. The opening ceremony is taking place on Thursday, September 19th in, Glens Falls NY and spectators can gather to watch hot air balloons take off into the sky, as they kick off the festival… but that is only the beginning. This weekend Glens Falls NY will celebrate with a Downtown Block Party & Classic Car Show and take over the towns main street with classic cars, kids events, music and more. Over in Queensbury NY the festival continues with food vendors, a craft fair, kids activities, bounce houses, rock climbing walls and hundreds of balloons.

To make this festival weekend that much cooler, families can stay at the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park for the night and enjoy even more fun at the indoor water park, arcade and restaurants. The lodge is only 3 miles from the balloon festivities which makes for an easy and fun weekend stay.

When: Thu, Sep 19, 2013 until Sun, Sep 22, 2013
Where: Glens Falls & Queensbury, NY
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

 

  • The Weekends Balloon Happenings

Thursday September 19th 2013

Crandall Park, Glens Falls, NY

4:30-6:30 PM, Music and Band Performance
5:00 PM, Opening Ceremony
5:15 PM, Launch of 20 balloons

Glen Street, Downtown Glens Falls 
6:00 – 9:30 PM, Glen Street Will Close for Family-Friendly Block Party with music, over 50 classic cars, meet & greet hot air ballonists, kids activites, fireworks, and more!

Friday September 20, 2013

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY
3:00 PM, Craft fair begins
5:00 PM, Balloon Launch – 80+ balloons including special shapes

Saturday, September  21, 2013

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY
6:00 AM- 7:00 PM, Food vendors open for business, craft fair, kids activities, including bounce houses, rock climbing wall, aircraft static display
2:00- 5:00 PM, Performance by local band
5:00 PM, Flight of 100 balloons, including 10+ special shapes

Sunday September 22, 2013

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Queensbury, NY
6:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Food vendors open for business, craft fair, kids activities, including bounce houses, rock climbing wall, aircraft display
6:30 AM, ‘Walter’s Mass Ascension’ simultaneous flight of 100 balloons, including 10+ special shapes

Crandall Park, Glens Falls, NY

5:00 PM, Launch of 20+ balloons