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A Special Presentation: Strange Sights in the Sky
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A Special Presentation
Strange Sights in the Sky

Friendship Hot Air Balloon Co.
Providing Hot Air Balloon Flights in Carroll, Frederick and Howard Counties of Maryland

Fly in DreamStar Balloon
Let us share with you the thrill of a hot air balloon flight!

November 20, 2019 We had the pleasure of flying Tim Williams and Patrick(videographer) from WJZ-TV in October. Watch this wonderful video on WJZ-TV and/or use this link to watch the flight in Carroll County.

February 15, 2019
Guess what day it is!! Wha-hooo. It is the day Friendship Hot Air Balloon Co is voted #1 Most Romantic Place in Maryland! Click here to check it out. Yahoo-

April 5, 2018 Howard Magazine (The Baltimore Sun) story about our Howard County Business

Experience the Wonder!!
Imagine! As the dew covered meadow shrinks silently away, the panorama of the earth becomes a breathtaking view of beauty and life. You have just taken off on a wondrous flight of fancy and are floating silently and magically in the soft breezes that move you along. The perception of life and your role in it now take on new realizations.

The Wonder of Flight

Take a breathtaking VIRTUAL flight. click here!
We welcome you to the wonderful world of ballooning in Maryland! Our champagne flights take place over beautiful Howard & Carroll Counties at sunrise and two hours before sunset. Capture the moment and treat yourself and a loved one to a most rewarding experience on "DREAMSTAR BALLOON".

Schedule your flight Now!!
A $75.00 deposit per person will hold that date for you. Good dates will be going fast. Email or call.

Create on line animated-musical gift certificate in minutes. It will be available immediately for showing.

Ron Broderick is your pilot and has an FAA commercially rated certificate for flying hot air balloons. He is a member of the:
Balloon Federation of America,

Photo of the Month
Summer 2019

Chasing DreamPuff --Patrick Smith flying over top of Dreamstar in his "CloudHopper Balloon"


December 2021 - Video courtesy of John in Carroll County I hitched a ride with Matthew Hodgdon in his Dreamstar-Original Balloon. What an exceptionally beautiful/calm day for us. Matthew gets one step closer to earning his Commercial Pilots License. Thank you John for sharing your video and enthusiasm!

July 2018 - Courtney and Brad share exceptional photos of their flight. And say: "I just wanted to say thank you again for such a wonderful evening. Brad and I loved every minute of our flight! It was an experience I'll never forget. Thank you for proving such a lovely night."

March 18, 2015 - Air and Space Museum tethered flight. We provided a tether/standup demonstration at Turf Valley Resort for the Stem in 30 program which is an educational series made available to 7-8 graders at the Museum and by way of video conferencing to schools throughtout the country.
Did you know .... the first American to ride in a balloon was Edward Warren, a 13-year-old boy who rode in a tethered balloon at Bladensburg, Maryland, in June 1874.

Sept 2013 WJZ-TV - Cheslea flying in Dreamstar.

August 8, 2014 - Beautiful Fall flight over Carroll County Maryland photos courtesy of Bonnie Doerfler

August 2012 - courtesy of thalx on YouTube.com Tracking Dreampuff balloon on a beautiful August evening. This special flight was a surprise wedding proposal flight with many friends of the special couple following along on the chase and gathering at the landing site for champagne toast celebration.

Howard County Tourism Bureau

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away."

Flight Costs

Regular Flight
1-4 Persons:

$350.00 -- booking one person
$325.00 each -- booking two persons
$300.00 each -- booking three persons
$300.00 each -- booking four persons

Romantic Flight for Two:
$950 a couple

Regular Flights are scheduled for 45-60 minutes - seven days a week at sunrise and 2 hours before sunset.

Romantic Flight Just for Two:
>> $950.00 exclusive per couple for a 45-60+ minute flight for you and that someone special alone with the pilot. Our sweetheart flights are scheduled Monday-Thursday only. If special request for weekend- call us... Are wedding proposal plans in the works? Or, do you want to treat your spouse/sweetheart to a unique experience of a hot air balloon flight?

Special Discounts:
>> Repeat flyers of Friendship Hot Air Balloon will receive a 10% discount on their next regular balloon ride purchase.
>> Family member discounts apply on the regular 45-60 minute flights when you book 4 passengers on the same flight.
>> Military(DOD) employees and first responders receive a 10% discount on regular flights.

Payment Policy:
>> Preferred form of payment is by check or cash. If you wish to use Paypal or credit card, a 3% service charge will apply in addition to the flight fee. If you pay deposit or full amount ahead of time and then cancel your request for personal reasons, a 10% handling fee will apply on your payment. If we are unable to fly due to the weather, a full refund of your payment will be made.

We carry up to 4 passengers.
For safety reasons:
>>> maximum weight per passenger is 280 pounds.
>>> the heat of the day and total weight of passengers determine how many persons can fly each flight. We can carry up to a maximum weight of 750 pounds combined for all four passengers on a cool day. The warmer the day, the less weight we can carry.

Passenger Information:
Our Commitment letter
Insurance Release Form

Friendship Hot Air Balloon Co.
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