Most of this information comes from the FAA website. See more details here:

The recreational use of a drone is the operation of an unmanned aircraft for personal interests and enjoyment.

FAA recommends that recreational flyers follow community-based safety guidelines, as developed by organizations such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).

Safety  Guidelines:

  • Drone must be under 55 lbs.
  • If Drone is over 0.55 lbs. it must be registered
  • Always perform a preflight checklist and inspect the drone before flying
  • Do not fly in a careless or reckless manner
  • Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Do not fly at a location where the activity is prohibited
    • Sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.
  • Fly below 400 feet above ground level.
  • If operating from a structure, must remain within 400 feet of that structure.
  • Remain below any surrounding obstacles (Buildings 400 feet or higher.)
  • Do not fly beyond your line of sight and use a spotter when possible
  • Do not fly in high winds or reduced visibility
  • Do not fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property
  • Do not fly over stadiums or large events
  • ALWAYS See and Avoid manned aircraft
  • Contact the airport or control tower before flying within 5 miles of an airport
  • Be aware of Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) that affect the operation of unmanned or remote controlled aircraft
  • To find any TFRs in your area and/or contact control towers check out: AIRMAP