As we practice social distancing, travel remains on hold. Yet there are still ways to connect with your favorite places from a distance. Whether it's a look from the Golden Dome or incorporating a local restaurant's recipe, here are some ideas for experiencing The Bend from home.
Live Looks at The Bend
Right now isn't the time to visit The Bend or be outside for too long. But that doesn't mean you can't check in on things from afar. Some live webcams offer a unique view of our area.
- WNDU's Skyview16 gives you a live look at the area, including a beautiful view down the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend.
- Here's a rare and stunning view — Notre Dame has a camera atop the famous Golden Dome looking out over campus.
- Where are our bird lovers? The nesting pair of bald eagles at St. Patrick's County Park recently hatched some eaglets, and there's a live camera on the nest.
- Speaking of birds, the City of South Bend's FalCam keeps an eye on a local peregrine falcons.
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Try These Digital Puzzles
If you're looking for a little brain exercise to break up the day, try one of our digital puzzles. We put 10 of them together featuring many of our favorite attractions, beautiful landscapes and more.
Photo: @danieljkiser on Instagram.
Make a Virtual Visit
There are many ways to connect with our attractions, businesses and partners as we social distance. We've rounded up a few that should brighten your day.
- Potawatomi Zoo is putting together "Zoo to You" videos daily on its Facebook page.
- South Bend's Venues Parks + Arts are leading virtual tours of many attractions and parks at noon daily on its Facebook page.
- Mishawaka Parks has been utilizing its Facebook page for live videos and put together a virtual Easter egg hunt.
- South Bend Civic Theatre is offering free online workshops with Civic instructors and other ways to connect with its creative community during the pandemic.
- The Snite Museum of Art is offering virtual yoga in the gallery, a look at its exhibitions and more on its Facebook page.
- The Civil Rights Heritage Museum is celebrating 20 years since its founding and 10 years in the Engman Public Natatorium building with a digital exhibition.
Stream Some Titles with Local Connections
One thing we know is in demand as we spend more time inside? Something to stream on you TV. The Bend has a rich history of film and television connections, starting with the legendary sports movie "Rudy." But it goes deeper.
Whether you want to binge watch one of the great television series ever or dive deep into the library of native son Adam Driver, we put together a list of movies and shows with local connections.
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Make a Local Recipe
Dozens of our local restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. If you can, it's a great time to support them by placing an order. If that's not possible, you can add one of their recipes to your at-home cooking lineup. You can find different recipe cards below. We plan to keep adding to the list as possible.
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