Travel to space, catch glimpses of humpback whales or watch puppies play and take naps. As many of us continue to spend more time at home, we search for new ways to keep boredom at bay, and many websites offer free livestreams to help us out. Whether you’re looking for a mental break or just want something to play in the background during your workday, here are 11 livestreams to bookmark that will provide you with a virtual escape.
11 Livestreams to Bookmark
The Beatles’ album Abbey Road has one of the most well-known covers of all-time, and tourists often visit West London where the famous photograph was taken to recreate it themselves. While we may not be traveling to Europe right now, this livestream offers real-time views of the legendary crosswalk and is available 24 hours a day. And who knows? You may see someone stop and pose for a photo along the way. Click HERE and scroll down to see the livestream feed.
This livestream was created by a South Florida couple after purchasing a high-volume bubble machine. After fiddling with technology, they created a way that lets individuals from around the world enjoy the bubbles, too. The livestream features views of the couple’s backyard and allows viewers to blast bubbles of their own with just the click of a button. Try it for yourself HERE.
The Cat Cafe
Animals are always a good option for distracting yourself and relieving stress. The Cat Cafe in San Diego livestreams its playroom of adorable cats and kittens. Viewers can watch the animals as they take naps, climb up and down towers or chase one another around the room. To view the livestream, click HERE.
Coral Reef Cam
Dive into the ocean with this beautiful and relaxing coral reef livestream. The camera looks into California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium and its ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge exhibit. Watch as different species of tropical fish, including Cortez wrasse, scrawled filefish and Cortez angelfish, swim about. Click HERE to dive in.
Dollywood Bald Eagle Nests
Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, is home to the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, one of the largest exhibits of non-releasable Bald Eagles in the United States. The sanctuary offers views into its exhibits with two live camera options. One offers views into the sanctuary’s Pick-a-Mate area, which houses 10 adult eagles that are eligible for mating. The other camera streams Grant and Glenda, two Bald Eagles that moved to their own sanctuary in 2017 after finding one another in the Pick-a-Mate area. To view the livestreams, click HERE.
Humpback Whale Sanctuary
Escape to the beach with this relaxing livestream of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary, located in Maui, serves as birthing and mating grounds for North Pacific Humpback Whales. The camera is located on the lanai of a condo at Maui Sands and offers viewers the chance to spot an occasional whale as well as dolphins and seals. Not to mention there are incredible views of Hawaiian sunsets and rainbows. See if you can spot a whale HERE.
San Diego Zoo Live Cams
Hippos and baboons and penguins, oh my! The San Diego Zoo livestreams 13 different animal habitats throughout its zoo, including everything from platypuses and giraffes to apes and koala bears. The cameras typically run from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., but when it’s dark, the zoo reruns footage from the morning. To watch the livestreams, click HERE.
Soggy Dollar Webcam
Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands has the perfect livestream to play in the background as you work from home. With views of a beach in Jost Van Dyke, you’ll feel like your working from this sunny, tropical destination. And there is no need to find accompanying music, as the site automatically plays songs from Soggy Dollar Radio. Click HERE to tune into the livestream.
Views from the International Space Station
In addition to beaches and zoos, you can also travel to space with this livestream from the International Space Station. The stream features live video of the spacecraft hovering above Earth, offering breathtaking and one-of-a-kind views. The feed also features conversations between the space station’s crew and NASA’s mission control team. Click HERE to step aboard the International Space Station. (SB TIP: While this is an ongoing livestream, video may not always be available due to a lack of connection. However, you can always view previously recorded footage HERE.)
Warrior Canine Connection’s Puppy Cam
What better way to de-stress than with a 24/7 livestream of puppies? Warrior Canine Connection in Montgomery County, MD, has four different live cams for you to choose from so you can get your daily dose of dogs. Viewers can pick to watch cameras in the puppy playroom, outdoor playpen, nursery or whelping room. To see the cuteness for yourself, click HERE. (SB TIP: Explore.org has a handful of livestreams for you to view, including ones that show views of brown bears and Channel Islands National Park, so be sure to check out the other streams they offer.)
Yellowstone Park’s Old Faithful
Yellowstone Park’s famous geyser, Old Faithful, erupts nearly 20 times every day, and now you can watch the magic happen from your home. The National Parks Service has a 24/7 livestream of the geyser, along with predictions of when it is set to erupt next. Sit back, relax and watch nature do its thing. Click HERE to watch Old Faithful erupt.
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