Celebrate Labor Day Weekend: Hot Air Balloon Festival

Even if you’re too young to remember the pop music hit from the late 1960s about floating among the stars in a beautiful balloon, you can still imagine what it would be like to ride in one. There’s nothing quite like the experience of standing in a giant wicker basket and slowly rising high in the air. The swoosh of the gas jets that power the burners. The exhilaration of looking down on humanity while literally floating on air. A ride in a hot air balloon is often one of the more adventurous items on a person’s list of things they want to do in life. Read on to find out where you can enjoy a hot air balloon experience near Atlanta, GA.

Take Flight!

Hot air balloon events take place all over the country but there’s not one as special as Callaway Resort & Gardens annual Hot Air Balloon Festival each Labor Day Weekend.  This year’s celebration begins on the evening of August 31, 2018 with the Friday Night Balloon Glow. If you’ve never seen hot air balloons lit up at night, you’re in for a real treat. Saturday and Sunday, early morning and late afternoon, festival guests can take a tethered balloon ride. A tethered balloon is tied to the ground with three or four very strong ropes, which prevent the balloon from flying away. If you’re looking for fun activities for family in Georgia, come take a ride in one of our beautiful balloons.

Labor Day Weekend Fun for Everyone

If you prefer to spend your weekends with your feet closer to the ground, you’ll find plenty of activities for the entire family. Even if you don’t take a balloon ride make sure you get your fill of balloon glows and photo opportunities. The beauty of Callaway Resort & Gardens is the wide variety of activities available for every visitor. For families with children the Kid Zone is sure to be a highlight of your visit. The car enthusiast can find their dream car at the classic car show. Beach lovers unite and take a dip in the sparkling waters of Robin Lake. Food, drink, and music mean you don’t really need to leave the resort all weekend!

Make it a Slumber Party!

No Labor Day Weekend is complete without an overnight stay at one of the South’s premier resorts. Callaway Resort & Gardens offers some of the best weekend event packages near Atlanta, GA. When you choose accommodations in the Lodge & Spa your stay includes a room or suite with a balcony. You’ll have a perfect view of the things the resort is known for, the lake, woods, and gardens. You’ll have access to a lovely swimming pool and hot tub. At the end of the day, you can relax with a luxurious treatment in the Spa. For larger families or those looking for a more inclusive vacation experience consider booking at the Villas or stay in one of the beautiful Cottages. With a full kitchen, laundry, and free Wi-Fi, you’ll feel right at home. A screened porch or decks offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy relaxing with family outside. Whichever type of sleeping accommodations your family chooses, you’re sure to have one memorable slumber party and the Balloon Festival tickets are included in resort guests overnight stays! Bring the family, Callaway Resort & Gardens will bring the fun.

If you’ve never experienced one of the most famous family vacation resorts in Georgia, Labor Day Weekend is perfect for a first-time visit. Book your next vacation today at Callaway Resort & Gardens!


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