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Recreational Drone Use

Last updated: 7/18/16

Recreational Drone Use

Drones can be operated for fun under specific safety guidelines. Select City parks provide an open space for you to fly your drone or other model aircraft safely.

flying your drone in a city park

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all drones weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds be registered. Register your drone online with the FAA.

When flying your drone for fun, make sure to follow the safety guidelines developed by the FAA and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA):


  • Label your device with its FAA registration number.
  • Keep your drone in eyesight at all times. Use another person to help if needed.


  • Fly near other aircraft.
  • Fly over people or moving vehicles. Keep at least 25 feet away from other people and property.
  • Fly over stadiums or sports events.
  • Fly in adverse weather conditions, such as in high winds or heavy rain or snow.
  • Fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Fly near or over property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, police and fire stations, hospitals, etc.
  • Fly near emergency response efforts such as fires.
  • Fly over private property.
  • Take pictures of people without permission.

If you're flying a drone within five miles of an airport, notify the air control tower. Check the FAA’s official drone app and this airspace map to figure out any other park restrictions before you fly.

Still have questions? Contact:
Parks and Recreation
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Know Before You Fly