This Labor Day– Check out the 13th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens

End summer on an extremely high note with hot air balloons, music, and more!

Got the end of summer blues? Worry not…at Callaway Gardens®, things are looking up – way up – as the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to Callaway Gardens for its 13th year.

Set for Labor Day weekend, September 2-4, 2011, this annual Balloon Festival has something for everyone. From the soaring, colorful balloons to Callaway Gardens’ unique mix of natural beauty, to its endless helpings of multi-generational activities and events, when it comes to family fun at Callaway Gardens this Labor Day, the sky is quite literally the limit!

Festivities kick off Friday night when guests flock to Robin Lake Beach for the Balloon Glow. Upbeat live music sets the mood as balloons inflate. While the sun sets, the balloons’ individual colors glow against the gorgeous evening sky. Guests shout “ready, set…glow” while the tunes of a classic brass band play in the background.

On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, it is up, up and away as the balloons head for the open skies at sunrise and sunset (weather permitting of course). On the ground, the action continues as Robin Lake Beach plays host to a family festival featuring activities and events for all ages. Choose from tethered balloon rides, sandcastle building, swimming, miniature golf, kite building, disc dog demonstrations, kneeboard championships, t-shirt tie-dyeing and more. And throughout the weekend the wafting smell from the grills will whet the appetite of guests for burgers, ribs, chicken and more.

Festival admission is $25 per adult (ages 13-64); $20 per senior (65+); $12.50 per child (ages 6-12); and free for children 5 and younger. Annual Passholders and military with active and retired identification can enter the Gardens with up to five guests in the same vehicle for free on Friday and before 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and for half-price after 9 a.m. each day.

Additionally, on Sunday morning, the athletically inclined can enjoy their own adventures thanks to the Callaway Gardens Fitness Series, including a 5K run and the Triathlon. This year represents the 31st anniversary of the Triathlon at Callaway Gardens. It is the oldest triathlon in the South and one of the longest continuous running triathlons in the continental United States. To register, visit

Why not stick around the whole weekend? Starting at $179** the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Weekend Package includes accommodations in the Mountain Creek Inn; admission to the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival; tickets to make tie-dye T-shirts for two adults and two children at the Festival on Saturday or Sunday; breakfast in the Plant Room or Country Kitchen; admission to Callaway Gardens and its many attractions; and use of the Mountain Creek Inn Fitness Center.

Don’t delay. Call now for reservations at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or make reservations online at

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. I just LOVE Callaway Gardens and I wish I was going to be at this great festival!