Most people with Internet access have webcams these days, but did you know that there are real live cams from all over the world that you can watch? The voyeur in all of us will be happy to hear that you can peep in on amazing events, beautiful scenery, or even people who offer a real life webcam for your viewing pleasure. Here are our picks for the best live cams that are free and fascinating (and legal, of course).
1. Cat cams
iPet Companion not only lets you view various cat shelters with your webcam, but you can also play with the cats using a set of interactive tools. Yes, you can play with cats over the Internet. Right now.
2. International Space Station cam
Hang out at the International Space Station, where you can catch live streams of the crew doing their thing and stunning views of Earth.
3. Earth Cam
Take a quick and easy vacation by checking out the many live views from all over the world offered by Earth Cam—from scenic, relaxing beaches to Times Square, Earth Cam has something for everyone.
4. Drive Me Insane
Drive Me Insane features a live cam inside a home, with interactive components. Your goal is to drive the resident insane by turning on lamps. There’s even a disco ball!
5. Old Faithful cam
Watch Yellowstone Park’s famous geyser Old Faithful erupt.
6. Abbey Road cam
Live cam of Abbey Road, made famous by the Beatles. Watch the hilarity ensue as tourists stop traffic in order to emulate the scene.
7. Real Life Cam
For the voyeurs out there: Real Life Cam lets you observe in real time the private life of other (fully aware) people round-the-clock. NSFW on occasion.
Watch African wildlife gather at waterholes on several live cams at Africam.
9. Aquarium cams
10. Critter Yard cam
Critter Yard has a live cam with an interactive feature that lets you feed the chickens every 20 minutes.
11. Watching Grass Grow cam
For the thrill-seekers, you can literally watch grass grow over at the aptly-named Watching Grass Grow cam site.
12. Animal cams
Explore.org offers a number of animal-viewing live cams, such as this cam at the Warrior Canine Connection Puppy Enrichment Center, where golden and labrador retrievers train to become service dogs. Animal Planet Live also lets you watch various animals.
13. Northern Lights cam
Check out the Northern Lights in real time at the Canadian Space Agency’s AuroraMAX cam. Bookmark this cam for later, as the lights aren’t easily observed during the summer.
14. Ghost cam
Watch for ghosts at Indiana’s oldest public library, Willard Library, which some believe to be haunted.
FogCam claims to be the world’s oldest web cam, letting people view San Francisco since 1994.
16. Las Vegas wedding chapel cam
A live cam at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel lets you watch drunk couples make huge mistakes and Elvis themed weddings.
17. Big Rig Travels cam
Live like a trucker and travel across America in a big rig with Big Rig Steve and his live cam.
18. The 72 oz Steak Challenge cam
Watch diners at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, TX attempt the 72 oz steak challenge.
19. Loch Ness Monster cam
Watch for Nessie at the Loch Ness Monster Cam.
20. Bald eagles cam
You can watch Pittsburgh’s nesting bald eagles here.
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20 webcams that are a perfect cure for boredom–we hope that you enjoy them as much as we do! Let us know in the comments which is your favorite, or the webcams that we might have missed.