What do a 65-foot tall elephant, a lighthouse, and a possibly-possessed waterfall have in common? They’re all among our favorite places to fly a drone in the Northeastern U.S.
NOTE: We have checked that all of these places are legal to fly, and that they allow drones. We’ve noted any restrictions, such as local airports that need to be notified. However, the rules around drones are constantly changing at the federal, state and local level so you should always check before you fly. Sites such as AirMap and the FAA’s own Know Before You Fly provide regularly updated maps that you should check before you take off.
Located just off Cape May Point, the remains of the the SS Atlantus, a World War I experimental concrete ship, make a great target for the adventurous drone flier.
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Built in 1882, this 65-foot tall wood and tin structure in Margate City, NJ was built to look like Jumbo, P.T. Barnum's largest elephant. Lucy, at 90 tons, is considerably larger.
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Where do ships go to die? The Arthur Kill Boat Graveyard, just off Staten Island. You’ll need to check in with the air traffic control at Linden airport, though, as it is just inside the 5-mile limit around them.
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The Farmington Canal originally ran 80 miles, from New Haven to Northampton, MA. Lock 12 is one of the few remaining locks along this canal, which is now an 84-mile recreational trail.
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Panoramic views of the Long Island Sound, and picturesque New Haven: what's not to like for the drone flier? Fly carefully, though: the south part of the park is less than 5 miles from New Haven Airport, so you'll need to notify the ATC that you are flying in the area.
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Bailey island is a small island off the Maine coast that has a picturesque harbour and more rugged, rocky shores than you can shake a gimbal at. It’s a perfect spot for flying and videoing the gorgeous Maine coast.
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The MHC is a group of Maine hackers who get together every couple of weeks to discuss making things. Drones are one of their main areas of interest, so it is a great spot to drop into if you are flying in the area.