Up, up, and away! If you've ever wanted a bird's eye view of this beautiful state we call home, you can take a hot-air balloon ride for dirt cheap in Orlando this month! The original Villages Balloon Festival is popping up with balloon rides that won't drain your wallet this month - and as an added bonus you can meet the most adorable miniature horses!

The Villages Balloon Festival will be happening for 3 days this May into June, and we're ready for an aerial adventure! For only $20 you can take a tethered ride up into the Florida sky. Each hot air balloon ride is first-come-first-served; just locate a tethered ride booth when you get there to purchase your ride of a lifetime! If you don't manage to get a ride, that's okay - you'll still leave with some super cool pictures of the balloons!

The event is also slated to include an array of gourmet food trucks too so you can indulge in all of your favorite foodie cravings; But not only will you have the opportunity to fly the skies in a magical hot air balloon ride and have some delicious food, if you decide to go on Saturday you can meet the Gentle Carousel Mini Horses - and they're seriously the cutest little things EVER. 

While they do not offer untethered rides at the event, The Villages encourages you to book an untethered flight after the event; if you're not quite ready for that ride yourself, you will have the opportunity to watch the balloons soar into the sky in the Balloon Flight competition to root for your favorite balloon - and snap the best picture. You'll want to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket for when the day fades into darkness. Each night at 8 pm the Balloon Glow starts - creating a mystical sea of twinkling hot air balloons.

Admission into the event is only $15 per adult, $10 per child aged 10-18, and children under 10 get in completely free. The cost for an adult tethered balloon ride is $20, while children can ride for only $10. You won't want to miss this opportunity of a lifetime to soar the sky!

You can attend The Villages Balloon Festival May 31st through June 2nd at The Villages, located at 703 Buena Vista Blvd, Florida, 32162. The event will run from 1 pm - 9 pm each day.

To learn more about the event or to purchase general admission tickets, check out the event page here.

Photos used for illustrative purposes only.

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