Published: 4/25/2019

Balloon Tours and Desert Dinner Parties

Have you ever wanted to fly over the Sonoran Desert? Well now, you can through a company called Cloth and Flame. They provide hot air balloon tours at sunrise and sunset that come with a chef-prepared dinner and desert. Before taking flight, guests are served fresh cookies and a hot or iced coffee depending on the weather. Guests are then taken up in the hot air balloon where they are able to see incredible views of Lake Pleasant and the Sonoran Desert.

Hot Air Balloon Ride
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For photography enthusiast there is a photography workshop in the sky to make sure you capture the trip you will not want to forget. After flying around the desert, the guests’ dinners are prepared tableside in the middle of the desert. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity that is special to Peoria, AZ.

Moonlight Scorpion Hunting

Do you love bugs? Are you obsessed with scorpions? If you just answered yes to both of those questions you should go moonlight scorpion hunting at Lake Pleasant. All you need are some hiking boots, a black light, and a sense of adventure! You can go on a guided or self-guided tour where you hunt for and investigate scorpions in their natural Lake Pleasant Habitat. The best part is the moon lights up your adventure!


In the city, it is easy to forget the beauty of the night sky. Maricopa County Parks provide a unique opportunity for Peoria visitors to enjoy the beautiful desert landscape, the lake, and the night sky all at once. Visitors can use one of the provided telescopes and go stargazing. A one of a kind opportunity the whole family will enjoy while getting to learn about the moon, planets, nebulae, and galaxies.

Stargazing at Lake Pleasant
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Full Moon Kayaking Tours

Kayaking at Lake Pleasant is always fun but it is even better with the moonlight casting a glow over the water. Full Moon Kayaking Tours take off from Pleasant Harbor Marina and paddle into the sunset. The tour takes you to a quiet little cove where as a group you will enjoy toasting marshmallows and making s’mores. After the tour on Fridays and Saturdays, guests are welcome to stick around for live music at Dillon’s Bayou Restaurant at the marina.