6+ Local Webcams Worth Checking Out
Sometimes it’s just hard to get out of the house. Make your time indoors worthwhile with these live, local webcams (and even an out-of-this-world ones) spotlighting family-friendly destinations!
Blacktip Reef Cam
The National Aquarium, in the heart of the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD, boasts an award-winning exhibit called Blacktip Reef. This replica of an Indo-Pacific reef includes a school of blacktip reef sharks, reticulated whiptail rays, spotted unicornfish, wobbegong sharks, and a 500-lb green sea turtle named Calypso, just to name a few! Now, you can see the reef from front-row seats with their Blacktip Reef Cam!
Blue Blubber Jellyfish Cam
The National Aquarium also boasts a mesmerizing jellyfish exhibit featuring Blue Blubber Jellyfish. This distinctive invertebrate, ranging from white to blue to dark purple, has a staccato-like rhythm that provides viewers the opportunity to find their zen. Check it out — you’ll see what we mean!
Can’t get enough? Check out another Jellyfish exhibit featuring delicate sea nettles at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute
Did you know The National Zoo began when William Temple Hornaday, chief taxidermist at the Smithsonian (1882-87), brought 15 North American species to live on the National Mall in Washington, DC? The deer, foxes, prairie dogs, badgers, lynx, and bison were the animals that started what would eventually become the National Zoological Park! Today, they care for more than 1,800 animals representing 300 species! You can see some of their most popular residents live each day — in person, or by live webcam: Lion Cam, Giant Panda Cam, and Elephant Cam.
Trust for the National Mall
The Trust for the National Mall is an official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, whose goal is to restore, improve, and preserve America’s Front Yard! They boast a variety of webcams through EarthCam, including rotating live views of The National Mall and surrounding streets/destination as seen from the Smithsonian Castle’s North Flag Tower. Plus, see one-of-a-kind views of the WWII Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Reflecting Pool from atop the Washington Monument’s pyramidion!
Can’t get enough? As you explore each webcam page, you’ll notice that you’ll have the option to choose panorama view of select DC destinations, like the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. These interactive panoramas offer viewers the chance to see the District from a new vantage point and view highlighted points of interest.
Humane Rescue Alliance
Need your puppy fix? Check out the dogs at the Humane Rescue Alliance awaiting adoption. You can enjoy watching their regular playtime provided by staff and volunteers. And who knows, maybe you’ll find your next dog to love there!
Can’t get enough? Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually-impaired men and women from the United States and Canada. Check out their live puppy cam!
American Eagle Foundation & USDA
Passionately protecting our nation’s national emblem, the American Eagle Foundation (AEF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) work together to educate the public on the need for both research and conservation related to birds of prey through their online website! Their DC Eaglecam offers a viewing into the lives of “Mr. President” and “The First Lady,” two mated bald eagles who have made their home atop a tulip poplar tree, found amongst the azaleas at the U.S. National Arboretum! Tune in 24/7 to see what the pair is up to!
Can’t get enough? The National Park Service offers a glimpse into the breeding and behavior of eagles on the Channel Islands in California through their own Bald Eagle Webcam.
International Space Station
This live stream isn’t technically local; however, at some point in the day, Northern Virginia is in view — from space! Get a live view of Earth from the bird’s-eye view of the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has made getting this unique view a lot easier by having four high-definition video cameras installed on the exterior of the ISS! Wondering what exactly you’re looking at? This site gives us amateur astronauts an easy-to-read map.
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