Best At-Home Webcams You Can Watch

Tune into live video feeds for birds, city scenes, and more

Webcam on computer monitor
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Do you like to watch live webcams of people and pets going about their daily lives? These sites give you everything you could want, offering access to live feeds and even sometimes the ability to interact with the subjects or their environs.

Real Life Cam

Video camera in office
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You can select the apartments of several different people who have live webcams set up. You can select free views of different rooms or opt to pay for a premium option to see cams in other rooms. You have a map of their apartment to be able to choose what views you want. Be as much of a voyeur as you wish—as much as they let you see (and you can see a lot).

Garden Bubble Cam

See a peaceful garden in a South Florida home, complete with a Buddha statue. You can liven things up by clicking the Bubbles button, which activates 30 seconds of bubble-making. You'll be redirected after four minutes to save on bandwidth. Enjoy your moment of zen.

You can turn on lights, play with a sign, and get visual feedback of this room in Denison, Texas. Yes, you can mess with Texas. Turn on the disco ball and various lamps. Type a message to appear on their scrolling message LED board and see if you get a reply. You can see what others are posting as well. Have you been successful in irritating the resident Texans? You'll have to watch to find out. They can send you a message as well.

International Space Station Webcam

It's home away from home for several astronauts. You can watch them live when the crew is on duty. When they aren't, you will see the view of Earth. You can listen in to conversations between the crew and Mission Control.

"Ground control to Major Tom..."

Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel Webcam

What happens in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Las Vegas. You can watch happy (or simply drunk) couples tie the knot at Elvis-themed weddings, complete with the King himself making an appearance. Some of these couples may end up going home with someone they just met.

Osprey Cam

View of the Osprey Cam from Gainesville, Florida
Ospreys in their next on the Osprey Cam.

Bird cams are very popular, especially when it comes time for babies to hatch and later to make their first attempts at flight. The Osprey Cam in Gainesville, Florida, is one such webcam that offers a view down into an osprey nest atop a set of ballpark lights. 

Nesting Bird Cams

If you like watching birds nesting, this site should make you very happy. Here you can find cams set up to view a whole array of nesting bird species from around the world. From penguins in Antartica to bald eagles in Washington, D.C., there are lots to pick from, so if one nest is empty, try another. Though it may not be nesting season in one part of the world, it might be somewhere else.

Bibi the Talking Parrot

Bibi the talking bird webcam site
Watch a livecam of Bibi the talking African Grey.

More birds! But this one is a talented talking African Grey parrot in his home in Missouri. Tune in and listen to this loquacious psittacine chat away or sing "Lollipop" while playing with toys, eating rice cakes, and more.

Nessie on the Net

Live cams have been set up in Scotland at Loch Ness so that you can watch 24/7 for the legendary plesiosaur-like beastie—or just some sheep that graze nearby.

Comings and Goings

Many live webcams come and go from the web. Popular pet cams, for example, have ended when the pet stars went on to the Rainbow Bridge. Nothing lasts forever on the web.

Meanwhile, apps such as Periscope make it easier to stream live web shows with your mobile phone camera and watch them with the app wherever you are. You can still look into the daily life of people around the world by keeping up with the new technologies and apps that are available. If you like to watch, you'll have to stay current.