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Texas Balloonfest

Wednesday, July 6 - Tuesday, July 12, 2022 (7 days)
Bus Trip
Walking Level: Moderate
Signup Deadline: Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Wheelchair Accessible Trip

Howdy Ya'll! Join Special Journeys for some BBQ, Balloons, and Music in the great state of Texas!

Please Note: All balloon activities are weather dependent. We will adjust as needed.

Do you like hot air balloons? Come fly with Special Journeys as we enjoy the trip of a lifetime. Once we arrive in the Dallas/Fort Worth area we will arrange a tether ride to get us in the mood for the festival! After that we will then head on over to the Canton Balloon Festival for non-stop music, vendors, great food, car show and of course a hot air balloon glow. The Canton Balloon Festival started at the Thompson Airfield in 2011 and because it was so popular it moved to its current location making it the optimal location for this event. The balloon glow is a sight to behold as flames shoot into the night sky and light up the balloons during the glow. It is truly a beautiful sight to see! You certainly will not be disappointed to see flames shoot up 30 feet into the air and light up the night sky. These glows take place at 8 pm each evening of the festival.

We will spend two days at the Balloon Festival as there is all kinds of things going on! One of the unique things we will watch is a Glow Run where the participants cover themselves with and carry glow-in-the-dark stuff! We will also see a car show. There will be music and multiple different bands during the festival. The main stage on the first night will be the group Texas Diamond Trio. On the second night the main group will be the Wesley Pruitt Band.

In addition to the bands, glow run and music we will also enjoy tons of different vendor booths offering all kinds of fun items. We will also try a variety of fun foods from the many food vendors who will be present. Of course, the main stars of the festival will be the balloons but there will be plenty of other fun stuff to watch and enjoy! The next day we will explore the East Texas Zoo and Gator Park. If seeing an alligator up close is your thing, we got you covered! Well, not TOO close! We will also see ducks, swans, geese, lizard turtles and fish. And of course, we will hang out in the gift shop as well. Sounds ducky to me!

Your Guaranteed Cost Trip & Full Fare Price Disclosure

  • Your Guaranteed Cost Trip means there are absolutely no hidden costs - everything is included: all meals (breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner both at a restaurant), lodging in your own, regular bed, and all transportation including local pickup and drop off in your city, all attractions, entertainment and activities, an experienced tour leader and experienced staff care in 1:3 and 1:4 small groups. Travelers only need to bring souvenir and snack money.

  • All prices shown are round trip prices and include all mandatory taxes and fees. Note: Soda cards on Royal Caribbean cruises are at your own expense (to keep the trip price fair for everyone).

  • Vendor & fuel price increases between the time of the travelers initial deposit and the due date for final payment are covered by Special Journeys you never pay extra for Your Guaranteed Cost Trip.

  • Travelers that need to travel with a dedicated 1:1 staff require an additional, reduced price fare to cover the costs for that staff.

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