Our Sunset Hot Air Balloon Rides meet at, The Woodinville Towne Center in the parking lot in front of Haggen’s, a grocery store, in Woodinville. The address is 17641 Garden Way NE. A few minutes before the meeting time one of our white Ford vans will arrive parking in the parking spots closest to Garden Way (the street) which is where we recommend you park as well.
The meeting time for the sunset flight is 2 hours and 15 minutes before sunset and you will need to allocate approximately 3 hours from your arrival time.
This allows us time to meet and check everyone in. Then you'll board the van for the 10-15 minute drive to the launch site. During check in, the Pilots are continuing to analyze the local winds and other weather conditions to choose the best launch site for the evening. Once we get to the appropriate take-off site, you will receive a quick briefing by your Captain at which time he will ask for two volunteers. If you would like to participate with the inflation, here’s your chance! Or if you would prefer to watch and take pictures, that’s okay too.
Our goal is to have the balloons prepared for launch approximately an hour to an hour and a half before sunset. This grants us enough time to carry out the longest flight possible for your enjoyment!
The meeting times are not flexible for safety reasons….The last 2 hours before sunset traditionally provide the calmest, most favorable wind conditions.
Our evening sunset hot air balloon ride meeting times fluctuate drastically throughout the summer depending on the official sunset time. In June we meet around 7:00 pm. Starting in mid-July, expect meeting times to get earlier each week until late September when we are meeting around 4:30pm. You can discover the exact time for any date you have in mind by simply checking our schedule. If the time indicated for your particular date works with your plans for the evening, don’t forget to allow for commute time and be sure to consider dinner plans, a babysitter if needed, etc. We would love to see you this summer on Seattle's favorite Hot Air Balloon Ride!