Private Thanksgiving Balloon Inflation Tour
Ever wonder where those ginormous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are hiding out prior to the big day – or the process it takes to get them to stay afloat during the two-and-a-half-mile trek along the parade route? Wonder no more, because our Private Thanksgiving Balloon Inflation Tour, conducted by an expert tour guide, will take you right into the center of the action on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. As you walk around the designated balloon inflation site, you will see your favorite characters come to life before your very eyes, chat with the volunteers who help to make it happen and perhaps even get some insider tips and tales!
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Start Time: 12:00pm
Meeting Location: Flexible
Activity Level: Easy
Tour Itinerary & Highlights
- Enjoy four (4)-Hours with a licensed tour guide.
- Once you arrive at the Balloon Inflation Area you will need to pass through NYPD security (Inflation Area is controlled by the NYPD). There may be a queue. Entry into the Balloon you will join others as you and your guide proceed through the area. Balloons will be in various stages of inflation depending upon the weather.
- Watch the balloons slowly inflate and come to life as your tour guide guides you through this unforgettable experience.
- All stops, timing and inclusions of the tour are dependent upon traffic and weather conditions.
When and Where
- The starting time and date of the tour is 12 noon on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.
- The starting location of the tour is customizable to fit your schedule. The tour can start at your hotel doorstep, at a restaurant where you just finished breakfast or custom location of your liking. Pick up or drop off locations outside of Manhattan may accrue additional time & cost.
- Ride in comfort in our luxury vehicles with professional drivers and bottled water (optional – not included if selecting the walking tour).
- Experience the city and receive local tips from your savvy local guide.
- Door to door service.
- Driver gratuity included (guide gratuity is not included).
- 24-hour support phone number.
- Gratuity for the tour guide is not included.