My Beautiful (Tethered) Balloon
As part of Central Park's 150th anniversary celebration, beginning today you can ride a tethered balloon to a height of 300 feet over over the trees.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Olmsted and Vaux's Greensward plan — the original design for the world's most famous park — the Central Park Conservancy and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation invite New Yorkers and visitors to see the City and the Park as they've never seen it before: floating in silence 30 stories in the air!The balloon is tethered at Cherry Hill, just west of the Bethesda Fountain. Phone reservations are accepted from 7-10am. After that it's first come, first served. The 10-minute ride is $25, versus $18 to visit Rockefeller Center's Top Of The Rock, which is more than twice as high and you can stay as long as want, but definitely isn't as cool as a balloon ride. I'd think I'd wanna go up at night.
AeroBalloon™ is an anchored, helium-filled, state-of-the-art balloon that ascends to a height of 300 feet. The balloon will fly daily from July 25 to August 22, 2008 at Cherry Hill in Central Park, and will take up to four passengers at a time for a 10 minute ride. Riders are welcome from 7am to 10pm. Get a spectacular daytime view of Central Park and bustling streets, or wait until sundown and float above dazzling city lights.