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The 5 Best Places to Fly a Drone in Providence

A list of the best places to fly your drone in Providence, Rhode Island.

In this article, we’ve scouted out the best places to fly a drone in Providence, Rhode Island.

If you live in (or are traveling to) Providence, please use this page as a resource to better understand not just where to fly, but also where it’s legal and illegal to fly a drone. We provide guidance on regulations to help you stay compliant with both federal and local rules.

A Sectional Chart of the airspace surrounding Providence, RI. Source: VFR Map

Providence Drone Laws — Recreational vs. Commercial

The first thing to understand about flying a drone in Providence (or any city for that matter) is that under federal FAA regulations, you are either operating recreationally or commercially.

If flying commercially, it doesn’t matter if you’re flying within five miles of an airport. What matters is whether or not you’re in controlled airspace (Class B, C, D or E) or uncontrolled airspace (Class G). If you’re operating commercially in Class B, C, D, or E controlled airspace, you’ll need to request airspace authorization. And you may have to do this through LAANC. When we list locations below, we’ll share whether they sit in controlled or uncontrolled airspace.

Get up-to-date airspace information, including temporary flight restrictions, using tools like B4UFLY, Kittyhawk, or Airmap.

Interested in becoming an FAA-certified drone pilot so you can operate under the Part 107 regulations and make money flying your drone? Check out our industry-leading, online training course over at Drone Pilot Ground School.

So those are the federal rules.

But what about local Providence drone laws?

Here’s a guide we put together for drone laws in Rhode Island. Make sure to consult that to see if there are any local drone ordinances you should follow in Providence. When in doubt, use good judgment and follow the FAA’s guidelines.

Note: The content on this page is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of legal counsel. If we missed something, or if you have further questions, please send an email to support[at]uavcoach[dot]com, and we’ll do our best to help you out.

Where to Fly a Drone in Providence

Alrighty—without further ado, here are our top picks for the best places to fly a drone in the Providence area. We selected these locations based on airspace restrictions, accessibility, and attractions. You’ll find that most of the locations we’ve chosen are located in uncontrolled, Class G airspace where you don’t need to request permission to fly. Additionally, we made sure to highlight any locations with designated sUAS/remote aircraft fields.

1 — India Point Park

225 India St, Providence, RI 02903

India Point Park is located where the Seekonk River meets the harbor in Providence, Rhode Island. It gets its name from its rich maritime history that connected shipping from Providence to the East and West Indies. The area was the first port in Providence dating back to 1680, the property was converted to a public park in 1974. The point features breathtaking views of the harbor with the surrounding city landscape providing a nice backdrop. Drone pilots will appreciate the scenic views and the frequent travel of boats throughout the harbor.

fly drone India Point Park

Source: Timothy Burling

2 — Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy

Legion Memorial Dr, Providence, RI 02909

Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy is a park in Providence, Rhode Island that is home to the tallest hill in the city. It consists of 88 acres, with the hill standing tall over the area at 296 feet. This is a great location to get away from the busy city without ever actually leaving. Mature trees, ravines, freshwater springs, and various geological features are abundant throughout the property. Drone pilots will enjoy this charming location and the stunning picturesque views.

Neutaconkanut Hill Park, Providence,RI

3 — Governor John Notte Memorial Park

1801 Douglas Ave, North Providence, RI 02904

Governor John Notte Memorial Park is located on the shore of Wenscott Reservoir in North Providence, Rhode Island. The parks sand freshwater beach that is a favorite among the locals. There is also a nice open green area that would be a great area for drone pilots to take-off from and land to get that picture perfect shot of the reservoir. The upper reservoir cascades into the lower reservoir under a beautiful rustic bridge that really adds to the scenery.

John Notte Park New Venue hall

4 — Scituate Reservoir

Scituate, RI

Scituate Reservoir is located just outside of Providence in Scituate, Rhode Island. It holds an astounding 39 Billion gallons of water and is the third largest inland body of water in the state. The property around the reservoir is mostly undeveloped and covered with mature forests. The peaceful nature of the area makes it a great location for drone pilots who are looking to capture drone footage.

Scituate Reservoir

Source: thisisbossi

5 — Colt State Park

Route 114, Bristol, RI 02809

Colt State Park is located on a peninsula on the Narragansett Bay in Bristol, Rhode Island. It consists of 446 acres and is often referred to as the gem of Rhode Island State Parks. The stunning panoramic views of the bay really add to the charm of the property. Drone pilots will enjoy the expansive open areas that make it easier to take that perfect shot.

fly drone Colt State Park

Source: Jim Willis

Have Another Place You like to Fly Your Drone in Providence?

We hope this list was helpful.

Do you have any other locations in Providence where you like to fly your drone?

Let us know in our community forum over here:

https://community.uavcoach.com/topic/6101-where-to-fly-a-drone-in-providence/

Take a Drone Flight Training Class in Providence

If you’re new to drones or looking to take your flight skills to the next level, we offer hands-on drone flight training in the Providence area. Our classes are typically 90 minutes long, and our expert instructors walk you through what to do before, during and after your flight—you’ll practice intelligent flight modes and learn how to stay safe but also how to get the shots or data you need. During the class, you’ll also get a chance to ask questions about regulations, software, flight operations management, checklists and more.

Sign up for a hands-on drone flight training class in Providence.