100+ List of Hobbies to Try This Year!

Looking for a new hobby?

What to do something that inspires you, gives you purpose, and that you genuinely enjoy?! Sometimes, you just need a list of good hobbies to pick from.

We’ve got you covered with 100% doable hobbies.

The fun hobbies featured in this list are versatile and can be adapted to suit most lifestyles. Whether you want cool hobbies, interesting hobbies, or some wild and wonderful hobbies, you have come to the right place.

You’ll find plenty of inspiration below in our big list of hobbies.

Let’s get started…

The Ultimate List of Hobbies

1. Hiking


One of the best possible activities, hiking combines cardio fitness with beautiful views and quiet time to yourself. You can find a good place to hike almost anywhere, and it’s the perfect way to get away from all the stress of your daily life.

It doesn’t take much to get started either, just a good pair of hiking boots. We recommend the Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Boot, as they’re super comfortable over long distances, yet durable enough to keep your feet protected. Here are the women’s versions and here are the men’s.

2. Backpacking

It’s like hiking but better! You can stay out in the field for a single night, or for a whole month or more. Backpacking is truly the ideal way to escape from everything. It doesn’t even have to be difficult. Start simply, and work up from there. If there’s a better way to find peace, I haven’t found it yet!

To get started you’ll need a backpack that’s versatile, light, and comfortable to wear. We’re big fans of the TETON Sports Explorer 4000. It’s got a 65-liter capacity and weighs only 5 lbs. It’s definitely worth checking out.

3. Camping

If you want to be outside, but for whatever reason, long-distance treks aren’t quite your thing, try some simple camping. From your backyard to the campground in your local state park, there’s always a good place to camp.

4. Pickleball

It’s the fastest growing recreational sport in America! It’s easy to learn, suitable for all ages and super social – not to mention great exercise. You won’t need much to get started – just a paddle, a few balls, and a rudimentary knowledge of the rules.

5. Fishing

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Whether your idea of fishing is wading through a river in search of trout or kicking back lakeside, you’ll find that this hobby can be as exciting or as laid back as you make it. And like hunting, it results in a delicious dinner. Other types of fishing include icefly, kayak, and bass fishing. Just make sure to fish responsibly and get a permit!

6. Archery

Maybe one of the most peaceful experiences you will find, archery is truly a form of meditation. It’s rare to find an activity that combines physical and mental prowess so well. Even better, a beginner’s bow like the TOPARCHERY Traditional Recurve Bow isn’t too expensive, and unlike firearms, bows won’t make your ears ring.

7. Canoeing

The water is yet another perfect place to find peace. There is no feeling that can quite replicate the feeling of crashing over waves in a storm or fighting the wind with every stroke. You can canoe on rivers, lakes, ponds; anywhere there’s water, you can canoe.

8. Kayaking

Similar to canoeing, yet different in style. Kayaks are great for more punishing water conditions, especially open saltwater. Kayaking is a great way to see the world from a new angle, and the unmatched maneuverability and handling of a good kayak will put a smile on your face.

9. Running

Most people associate running with pain. I was one of those, but I was wrong. Start small, and for the love of everything good don’t run only on a track. Find somewhere beautiful; I regularly trail run in the woods. Take it easy as you get in shape, stretch to avoid shin splints, and run at a pace that lets you enjoy it.

In terms of running shoes, make sure you check out the Asics Gel Venture 6s. For support, comfort, and durability you can’t find better. Here are the men’s versions and here are the women’s. Make it a goal this year to run your first marathon!

10. Geocaching

A worldwide scavenger hunt, geocaching gives you the ideal excuse to see the world around you and then some. One of the big perks is that it lets you travel with a specific purpose instead of simply roaming.

11. CrossFit

If you want to grow healthier, stronger, and fitter this year, consider trying out CrossFit. It incorporates elements from both weight training and high intensity interval training. It can be scaled and modified to suit any personal circumstance!

12. Volleyball

While this is a team sport and requires others to participate, some of my best friends from college were friends that I played volleyball with. Played in the gym or out on the grass or sand; it’s a great workout.

13. Growing Vegetables

Growing your own vegetables is a fantastic way to eat organic produce. Not only does it taste better, but you’re safe in the knowledge that it’s free of pesticides and other nasties. You also get the satisfaction of seeing them grow from seedling to maturity.

For more information on where to start, we recommend picking up a copy of The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible – it’s great for beginners.

14. Composting

Not only a hobby but a way of life, composting helps you and your local environment. By composting, you get to reuse what would otherwise simply be wasted. Furthermore, you reduce the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfills. Compost also enriches the soil for your plants, but just make sure what you compost is suitable for decomposing.

15. Metal Detecting

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For those who take a keen interest in history, metal detecting is a great way to get hands-on experience. Although the chances of striking rich are minimal, they are some incredibly fascinating artifacts that can be unearthed. It’s definitely worth checking out our article on the best metal detecting finds of all time if you want a bit of inspiration! But if you’d like some beginner tips on where to start, visit our page on the best places to go metal detecting.

But of course, you’re going to want to get your hands on a good metal detector first! A cheaper, but highly capable option for beginners would be the Garrett Ace 300. However, if you’re after a more advanced piece of kit we highly recommend checking out the Minelab CTX-3030 – it’s our #1 pick!

16. Bird Watching

As some of the most colorful and striking animals, birds are wonderful to watch. There are so many different kinds, each one with its own unique ways and habits. Bird watching is a peaceful hobby that will get you outside, give you some exercise, and allow you to experience the natural world around you.

Check out the Celestron Outland Waterproof & Fogproof Binoculars – they’re a great starter pair for beginners.

17. Beekeeping

Bees are some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth. They are smart, industrious, and productive. Beekeeping can not only provide you with free, local honey, but it will give you experience with your local ecosystem. This is because bees depend on local plant life for their own sustenance, so a good apiarist gets to know the world around them.

To get started, check out The Beekeeper’s Bible – there’s no better ultimate guide than this.

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18. Remote Control Cars and other vehicles

Remote control cars, or RC Cars for short, is a hobby you can really get into. In addition to learning to operate them, there is also the option of modding your car to performance tune it, and then to enter competitions and compete with others on the racing circuit. It can be big business! We also have guides for Planes, Helicopters, Boats, and Submarines!

19. LARPing

Live-Action Role Playing, or LARPing, is fantastic for a wide range of people who want to improve their historical knowledge, get to know new people, or just have fun. LARPing ranges from Dungeons & Dragons to medieval re-enacting and Cowboy Action Shooting. This huge variety means that whatever your passion, you can find a way to make it happen.

20. Painting

One of our most versatile art forms. You can paint in oils, acrylics, or watercolors. The differing styles of painting give you near limitless options for how you choose to portray the world around you. Like writing, painting gives you the opportunity to express yourself in near-infinite ways. Fluid Art Painting is a technique that has been getting a lot of attention lately. If you enjoy the meditative aspects of putting a painting together. Try a paint-by-number kit.

21. Skateboarding and Longboarding

Skateboards are more associated with doing tricks, while Longboarding is more for cruising around. Nowadays, both come in the electric variety, which adds a new wrinkle to the sport. Give it a try! There is nothing that gets the adrenaline pumping than cruising down a road with the wind in your hair.

22. Astronomy

Every child looks up at the stars one day and wonders about them. As an adult, you can take this further. By learning about Astronomy, the constellations, the motions of the stars, and other aspects of the night sky, you can bring that kid in you back to life. Or try a personal favorite, get a view of the Aurora Borealis!

23. Meteorology

Weather is as fascinating as it is unpredictable. So learn some of the patterns and impress your family by telling them what will happen next in the sky. This is both useful and fun, so give it a shot.

24. Kite Flying

Kites are ancient and capture the imagination like little else does. Kites are a wonderful art form, and you can both learn to fly and build them. With a little practice, the flying itself is a thing of beauty.

Our favorite model is the Prism Synapse Dual-Line Parafoil Kite. You can literally slice up the sky with this bad boy!

25. Sand Castle Making

If you love the beach, you’ve certainly made sand castles at some point. I’m all grown up, but I guarantee that if you put me on the sand and walk away, there will be a castle there when you come back! Make them massive, elaborate, or both!

26. Hobby Horsing

Like horses but can’t afford one? You can always buy a fake horse and get some solid cardio by riding it around a faux dressage course. This may sound ludicrous (honestly, it does look pretty funny), but it’s very difficult and it’s good for your cardio exercise. So give it a shot!

27. Antiquing

Antiquing is the perfect hobby for history lovers. Find something that captures your passion! It can be furniture, cars, weapons, art, jewelry, the options are endless. Whatever you choose to collect, learn your topic to the last little detail and get the finest pieces you can find. You may get lucky and find something rare!

28. Coin Collecting


If you like being meticulous and detailed, coin collecting is a solid way to focus on yourself. If you are a completionist in video games, you’re going to like coin collecting. Trying to get every last one will keep you busy for years.

29. Stamp Collecting

Also for anyone who likes history, stamps often tell the stories of the nations they came from. Maybe you like Victoria Regina stamps, which tell the tale of Britain in the late 1800s, or maybe you fancy 1960s Soviet stamps instead. Find a period or place you love and collect the stamps to get a flavor of the people who made them.

30. Vintage Clothing Collecting

Another great way to get to know an era or place, clothes collecting will teach you about their fabrics, stitching, and ways of life. Knowing how people dressed reveals a lot about them, so try it out and see what you can learn.

31. Classic Car Collecting

Cars are awesome. Classic cars are even more awesome. Try collecting them to learn a bit about their periods, about the people who made and drove them. Cars are a tangible symbol of their society, as they show people’s style.

32. Antique Book and Manuscript Collecting

Books open doors into other worlds. Old books give you an even better sense of the author’s original intent. Even better, learn a language and read texts as they were originally written. Every level of translation loses some meaning, so buy original books or manuscripts and read them yourself.

33. Art Collecting

Art is a symbol of people’s beliefs, hopes, and dreams. Artists express all of that in their work, and by collecting art you get to learn first-hand about what motivated and drove people. Learn about their history, what they loved and lived for. Art and art history allows you to learn all of this and more.

34. Shell and Sea Glass Collecting

The beauty of the ocean, all in one piece. A shell or piece of sea glass is a wonderful memento of your time at the sea and will serve as a reminder forever of watching the sun rise or set over the water. The waves coming and going, and the sense of wonder that looking out to sea always brings. Shells take you back there, so collect a few to take the ocean with you everywhere.

35. Leaf Collecting and Pressing

Leaves are intricate, each one different from the next, so collect and press a few of the best ones as a form of art. No matter where you are, these leaves will always remind you of trees. Keeping a piece of the outdoors with you is a wonderful way of staying grounded.

36. Record Collecting

Nothing sounds quite like vinyl. So collect your favorite albums. Get all the best ones – Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, The Beatles – and listen to them in their best format.

37. Postcard Collecting

Postcards are wonderful reminders of places you and other people have been, so keep some of the best ones to never forget where you have gone, and where you will go in the future.

38. Shoe Collecting

A lot of people may get rid of shoes every year, but you can collect them, learn different styles and uses. This is far beyond simple utilitarianism; shoes are works of art, and each one can tell the story of its maker and owner.

39. Toy Collecting

If you like Toy Story as much as I do, you appreciate the wonder of toys. So find a type you enjoy and collect them. They are great decorations and of course, you can always play with them. LEGO collecting has stood the test of time.

40. Memorabilia Collecting (e.g. Star Wars products)

If you have a passion for a certain movie or game or book, collect some of its memorabilia. Not only does it often appreciate in value, it’s a great way to keep the story you love close to your heart. If you are a fan of Harry Potter, consider collecting Harry Potter Memorabilia.

41. Sports Memorabilia Collecting

Have a favorite team? Collect all of their memorabilia to cherish your favorite moments spent with friends or family at games. It goes beyond the simple sport, it’s about the times that sport brings you to be around those you love.

42. Meditation

In our harried and smart phone connected world we live in today, it’s no wonder people have been focusing more on meditation and mindfulness. There are many ways to meditate and really no wrong way to do it. Get started with our Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Meditation.

43. Remote Control Cars and other vehicles

Remote control cars, or RC Cars for short, is a hobby you can really get into. In addition to learning to operate them, there is also the option of modding your car to performance tune it, and then to enter competitions and compete with others on the racing circuit. It can be big business! We also have guides for Planes, Helicopters, Boats, and Submarines!

44. Rock Tumbling

Enjoy the natural beauty of rocks as both collectibles and decorations. You can tumble rocks yourself or simply keep them natural. Rocks are truly wonderful, and keeping your vases filled with them will add life to your house.

Our top recommended model is the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Starter Rock Tumbler Kit. It’s got a large 3 lb capacity, it’s relatively quiet, and it produces beautifully tumbled rocks. Check it out!

45. Cooking

Like food? Cook it! There is so much more to food than a microwave. Cooking isn’t hard at all; start simple and work from there. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be cooking for friends and family, and they’ll love it too.

46. Baking

Try your hand at baking if you like bread or cakes. Baked goods are a wonderful party or guest food as nearly everyone likes them. Baking can be tough, but with some practice, you’ll be baking apple pies to perfection.

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47. Gingerbread House Making

Edible art. That sounds pretty good. Gingerbread houses can be large or small, but they are always tasty. Make one with your kids to teach them design and style: you may just learn a bit about that yourself.

48. Home Brewing

If you enjoy beer but want a personal challenge or want to make beer or cider that’s better than what you can buy at the store, look into brewing your own. Check state and federal laws before starting, but once you get your recipe down, you can make your very own beer, perfect for social occasions.

49. Wine Making

If you’re not a beer person, try making your own wine. While it’s not the easiest thing to make, there is no better way to feel classy than by serving your very own wine at a party. Try experimenting with red and whites until you find exactly what you can make best. If you really want a challenge for the ages, brew some amontillado!

50. Mixology

If you’re tired of beer (like I am), try mixing drinks. A Moscow Mule or French 75 is the perfect conclusion to a hot day. You can take your party game through the roof by learning to make solid mixed drinks, and maybe even make some money on the side too.

51. Bread Making

A great way to customize your bread to your tastes! Try baking your own bread and experiment with different styles and methods. Before long, you won’t just be baking loaves, you’ll be moving on to greater challenges like soufflés. Baking your own bread allows you to control what types of wheat you eat and can even save quite a bit of money if done right. Bread is often a staple product in a modern diet, so baking it yourself can give you the flexibility and freedom to dictate how you like it, without being beholden to the grocery store.

52. Cheese Making

Though not quite as simple as many other hobbies, cheese making gives you an in-depth understanding of the food process. Not only that, but you end up with cheese that costs a whole lot less than it would if bought from a store.

53. Drone Flying

In addition to being a cool hobby, there are so many real-world applications of Drone Flying. They are used in aerial surveillance, commercial filmmaking, construction, search and rescue, and wildlife monitoring. I have friends who have started businesses with their drones. Get started flying today!

54. Sewing

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Explore your creative side with one of the world’s most popular craft hobbies. Being able to sew has many benefits, from making your own clothing to creating a craft business. It’s also a great way to spend time with your children by teaching them.

If you’re in the market for a new sewing machine, we recommend this brilliant sewing machine, the Brother CS5055PRW Sewing Machine. They have a wonderful range at great prices.

55. Parkour

If you’re already active but want a further challenge, try parkour. It takes a bit of trial and error, but once proficient, you’ll be able to impress your friends. Climbing the unclimbable is sure to keep you fit and fun.

56. Drawing

Fairly similar to painting, just in a different medium. Drawing is an economical and simple way to get into the visual arts. You can draw any type of subject, from portraits to landscapes. A real perk is that, unlike painting, drawing takes very little money to get started, so try it out!

57. Origami

An ancient form of art, origami takes a bit of skill and practice, but with time you’ll soon be making wonderful pieces. Decorate with them! Give them as gifts! Paper never looked better than when folded into art. See our paper crafting guide for other cool things to do with paper.

58. Photography

Capture the living world around you with images. Photography is a wonderful expression of art. You don’t even need an expensive camera; your phone will do fine, to begin with. Learn about angles and lighting to make your images pop!

Our favorite online photography course is this one from iPhotography. It takes you from an absolute beginner to accomplished, knowledgeable photographer pretty quickly. Check out their site and course details for more information.

59. Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking preserves your history. It’s like a diary but a bit more personal, with a bit more art and design. A scrapbook allows to you collect mementos, photos, drawings, writing, and more, all while letting your imagination run wild and come up with a creative design.

For unlimited creative supplies, there’s no better place than Amazon!

60. Calligraphy

This form of art will have you feeling like a scribe of the ancient world. Calligraphy brings out the beauty of letterforms in the best possible way. Design your letters and words to write personalized cards or craft unique decorations. You’ll gain a new appreciation for the wonders of written language.

61. Quilting

A practical form of art, quilting keeps you warm at night with a custom piece of gear. A quilt is a manifestation of you. Make quilts for yourself or give them as gifts. A good quilt will last nearly forever and is a great personal statement.

62. Crocheting

Make wonderful cloth designs by crocheting! An invaluable skill for passing time, it lets you build dexterity in your hands and you can make truly beautiful items as well.

63. Knitting


Similar to crocheting and extremely practical, knitting lets you pass time while making sweaters, scarves, socks, and more. Heavy-duty wool is both strong and fashionable, not to mention warm. So give knitting a chance!

64. Embroidery

Make your own designs by embroidering them! This great art form lets you get creative with cloth, which you can then use to decorate or give as a gift. Every room in your home could be improved with a framed cross-stitch or two.

65. Rug Tufting

A personalized rug is always a solid personal statement, and it’s better if you make it yourself. So, learn that skill and decorate your house in all your favorite designs. Once practiced only by skilled craftsmen and artisans, rug-tufting is accessible for everyone to create their own works of art!

66. Designing and Making Clothes.

If you have a love of fashion, why not make your own clothes? Design them to your specifications and then stitch them together piece by piece. Whether your personal style is edgy or elegant, it’s a great skill to have and others will be jealous of your one-of-a-kind pieces.

67. Jewelry Making

If you enjoy adorning yourself with jewelry, try making your own and bring your own distinctive creative vision to life. Use either expensive or economical materials; what really matters is the skill of the craftsmanship involved.

68. Pottery

Ancient, practical, and beautiful, pottery is an ideal way to spend time making something you can use and admire. Store everything from flowers to olive oil in your handiwork—whatever the contents, a handmade pot or vase will always be stunning.

69. Metal Working

One of the more intensive yet possibly rewarding hobbies, metal working allows you to build or repair at will. You can make simple lawn art, or you can do more intricate repairs on things like vehicles. If you want a really neat hobby that may just land you a job down the road, metal working is a solid pick.

70. Wood Carving

One of our species’ oldest activities, wood carving is a relaxing way of making anything from works of art to practical items. You can make statues, spoons, even a totem pole if you really have a lot of time on your hands. All you need is a block of solid wood and a small knife to get started here, so try it out, and always cut away from yourself!

71. Welding

One of the more practical hobbies, welding is perfect for people who like to work with their hands. I would definitely recommend taking a formal class for this one because, well, hot things are dangerous. You can do anything from repair equipment to make lawn art and more if you can weld.

72. Leather Tooling

Too many people see leather tooling as a dying skill. In reality, it is an incredible and unique art form that can improve nearly anything made of leather. If you like art and designs, try this one, you can spice up belts, wallets, or even holsters or sheaths.

73. Cobbling

Also wrongly considered by many to be a dying art, cobbling, or shoemaking is an invaluable skill or hobby for almost anyone. First off, you can make shoes to your exact preference. No more having to pick from someone else’s ideas or fits. Also, and maybe more important, you can repair old or damaged footwear, thus saving tons of money over the long run and keeping shoes or boots serviceable over the long run.

74. Model Railroads

If you love mechanics and designing things, model trains are a perfect outlet for your passion. And they’re almost totally customizable: you can make entire cities on a table. I’ve seen train rooms modeled on 19th century America, or 1960s Germany, or modern Japan. Incorporate a love of history for maximum fun.

75. Furniture Building

A hobby that can lead to a real job, furniture building gives you the talent to build things that everyone needs. Whether you just want to put together the perfect chair, or if you want to market a whole lot of your perfect chairs to everyone else, furniture making is a fine way to hone your attention to detail and your building skills.

76. Home Improvement

You can always pay someone to improve your house, but with a little practice, you can do it yourself. Build cabinets, fix plumbing, demolish walls! Make sure to do your reading first, but once you’ve done a few home improvement projects, you’ll have gained some incredibly useful skills.

77. Model Building

Another form of art, model building offers a miniature way into design. Learn how to build, tinker around with your models, and construct elaborate cities for them too!

78. LEGO

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The ultimate building set, LEGO lets you construct anything and everything: the Millennium Falcon, Hogwarts Castle, a life-size dragon. Build whole worlds, all in your home. Make stories to go with them, invent characters, and bring the place to life.

79. Nerf Blasters

When you think of Nerf, you think of Nerf footballs and basketballs that you grew up with as a kid. These days, Nerf is associated with Nerf Blasters, and there are an amazing number of models that you can collect, modify, and play with.

80. Trivia

Do you like Jeopardy? Try playing trivia. The unspoken bonus? It typically takes place at a bar! You get to spend time with friends and unwind for an evening.

81. Video Games

A good video game is like a good movie. It goes beyond simple action or horror to deliver a real emotional experience. So find some good games, like The Last of Us or Horizon Zero DawnGet drawn into a fantastic interactive story!

82. Board Games

Sharpen your competitive skills with others around you. Learn new board games and have fun with people you’re close to. It’s a great way to bond and get good at critical thinking at the same time.

83. Card Games

More of a gambler? Pick up some card games, though you never have to bet real money if you don’t want to. Get good at numbers and patterns; once you figure that out, it will be about more than simple luck.

84. Chess

The true intellectual’s game the world over, chess is a great way to learn the skill of thinking ahead and predicting the actions of others. Whether with friends or in competition, chess makes you a sharper thinker!

85. Puzzles (jigsaw, crosswords, Sudoku, etc.)

Another solid way to get good at seeing patterns, various puzzles can be real brain teasers. If you really, really want to show off, you can even do The New York Times crossword in pen!

86. Juggling

Want to improve your coordination and impress your friends? Juggling really does help balance and hand-eye coordination. Learn to track multiple objects as they move and keep your mind sharp with this hobby.

These vibrant balls from Duncan Toys are our favorites!

87. Table Tennis

One of the more underestimated sports, Ping-Pong, or Table Tennis, is an unmatched way to improve coordination and speed, all while providing a workout. This is a wonderful talent to master.

88. Billiards

Also known as pool, this game teaches you the skill of coordinating multiple moving objects all at once. Truly skilled players can predict every last motion on the table, and use that to score big. I’ve even seen games where the losing player didn’t get to hit the cue ball once.

89. Genealogy


Want to know more about the history of your family? Get into genealogy and figure out who your ancestors were. It’s more than just boring research; you can breathe some life back into your ancestors by recreating their life stories!

With over 20 billion records and 100 million family trees, your greatest chance of success is with Ancestry.

90. Language Learning

One of the best brain teasers of all time, learning a new language can also help you learn about the world and its people. Pick a popular language like Spanish, or from somewhere you want to go, master it, and enjoy speaking with locals in their own tongue. Or go old-school and learn to read Latin or Egyptian hieroglyphs!

Our go-to choice for online language learning is Rocket Languages. They get the balance right between making it fun enough for you to continue, but having the right milestones in place so you make progress. Definitely check them out!

91. Journaling

Keep a record of your life as a way of recalling what you have experienced and learned through the years. Journaling allows you to take time to reflect and improve from each day, so make sure to do it in formative or stressful times too!

92. Creative Writing

A personal favorite, creative writing lets you invent worlds and characters. Build a story arc from start to finish and give life to those in the universe you made! Try publishing and share your tale with others!

93. Book Club

Indulge your love of reading with others! Books are outlets to new worlds, but reading is even better when you meet with others to discuss the books later. You’ll learn so much and open up a brand new aspect of literature.

94. Home Science Experiments

Stay safe, but if you do it right, you can explore science in your own home. Learn some basic chemistry with materials already in your kitchen, such as vinegar and baking powder. As long as you don’t become like Walter White in Breaking Bad, you’ll learn a ton about the physical worlds around you.

95. Wikipedia Editing

If you want to contribute to society’s knowledge, become a Wikipedia editor on a topic you know about. Learn the details, and then give other people the power to learn them too!

96. Volunteering for a Historical Society

Love history and want to get some hands-on experience with it? Find your local historical society and see what you can do for them! You’ll learn, but you can also help others get interested in history too!

97. Playing an Instrument

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Is this the best way to spend free time indoors? Yeah, probably. My personal pick is my left-handed Taylor guitar, but any instrument is a cool way to make music, learn rhythm, and get into one of the oldest forms of art we have. Check out these guides to the GuitarPiano & Saxophone!

98. Podcast Hosting

If you have a topic you love, host a podcast and get to talk with others who love it too! You’ll be amazed who has an interest in your hobby too. Get guest speakers on as well! Podcasts are a great way to gain mastery of a topic, and share it with the world.

99. Amateur Radio

Radio is great for music and talk, so try it out on your own or with a smaller radio station. There are more of those than you would think, so look them up and see if you can’t get your voice on the air!

100. Thrifting

Like saving money? I thought so. So go to thrift shops, pawnshops, lawn, and estate sales to find the best deals on things you want. There’s no need to buy new, so learn how to spot hidden treasure and go on an adventure-seeking out whatever you want.

101. Makeup

Basically art for your face. You can go subtle to enhance your natural looks, or follow a YouTube tutorial to transform yourself entirely! Makeup is great for daily use, theater, or even for entertainment.

102. Dancing

Both art and exercise, dancing teaches you coordination and even some social skills. Whether you choose bachata, waltz, or kizomba, learning a style of dance will show you how to move in new ways, so give it a shot!

103. Hula Hooping

Another combination of exercise and art, hula hooping will help your core and cardio fitness, but can also be made an art by learning to dance with the hoop.

104. Aquarium Keeping

“Fish are friends, not food!” Or at least the sharks in Finding Nemo think so. In reality, fish are beautiful and make a wonderful addition to any room. Do your research and set up a watery kingdom for your fish to enjoy.

105. Computer Programming

Learning to program computers opens a whole new world to you. Figure out these complex machines and learn to bend them to do what you want. Though it’s tough, it’s rewarding, so try it out and become a master coder!

106. Working on Cars

A great way to learn mechanics! Cars combine function and aesthetics very well, and most of us have a lot to learn about how they work! Get to know old and new engines, internal combustion, and diesel. It’s an endless opportunity to figure out new and mystifying machines.

107. Travel

The best way to see the world is in person. So hop on a plane or a ship and go somewhere! Get your passport and go on an adventure. It’s never too late and if you plan carefully, you can cut down on costs considerably.

108. Cosplaying

If you really like certain characters from a book or show or movie, you can dress and role play as them, especially at conventions. You can meet tons of new people, all of whom share your passions for your favorite genre. Cosplaying is a true fan’s way of showing their love of a genre.

109. Survivalist Prepping

A bit of a preface for this one: you don’t need to go all out here. Live in an earthquake or hurricane-prone area? Might be smart to have some basic supplies put away just in case. Having a few weeks of food in a closet will not hurt you. Of course, if you want to prepare for Russian strategic rocket forces coming down on you, that works too. My only warning, don’t give up your normal life for this: it’s possible to do both at once.

110. Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is one of the most exciting hobbies in this list of hobbies as you can enjoy it with your friends and family members. It is always fun finding new hobbies to try, and this is one of those cool hobbies that you can travel for and go on adventures with loved ones to find the best locations. 

111. Mountain Biking

If you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie, this hobby is for you! Anyone that has seen mountain biking programs on television will know that this activity is not for the faint-hearted. Of course, you should pick an appropriate location if you are new to the sport as a tough terrain could be very dangerous for newcomers. 

112. Coffee Roasting

Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? Calling all coffee lovers, you can roast your own coffee beans at home and make the perfect blend for you! This is easier than it sounds, and all it takes is a little bit of patience at the beginning before you become a real pro!

113. Adult Coloring

Adult coloring is a very low-cost hobby which makes it one of the best hobby ideas on this list for anyone on a budget and looking for a free hobby. All you need is some paper and coloring pencils that can be purchased for a more than reasonable price at your local dollar store. Here are some online options to consider.

114. Hunting

If you enjoy the serenity of nature, but also want an additional challenge, or simply would like a way to source good-quality meat that isn’t harmful to the environment, try hunting. If you hate blood, don’t worry, so do I, but the satisfaction of knowing where your food comes from is worth it in my opinion. As one of the oldest human activities, hunting is a fine way to tune your senses in an activity that often goes past being a hobby and becomes a way of life.

Trail cameras are an essential piece of equipment for the modern hunter. We recommend the Waterproof 1520P Trail Camera by Campark. It’s got 3 infrared sensors, a 120° detecting range, and crisp night vision.


If you’ve made it to the end, thanks for reading! If there is a hobby we have left out or something you would like to read more about, please leave a note in the comments!



Q: Are low-cost hobbies boring?

A: No! Low-cost hobbies can be fun and adventurous, and you certainly don’t have to spend money to have a good time. 

Q: What hobbies can I include my friends in?

A: Fishing, swimming, board games, cooking, and arts and crafts are just a handful of examples of hobbies you can enjoy with your friends and loved ones. 

Q: Should you spend your time learning a new language as a hobby?

A: Whatever hobby you choose should be enjoyable to you. Not everyone likes learning new languages, and some people feel overwhelmed at the thought of sitting down and learning new words in a different language. You should only participate in language learning as a hobby if it interests you. 

Q: What fun hobbies can I do at home?

A: You can do yoga, read books, watch movies, and much more all from the comfort of your own home. 

Q: Is blogging on social media considered a good hobby to have?

A: Yes, blogging has become a safe haven for many people during the global pandemic and is considered by most a very valuable hobby to them. 

Q: What hobbies are good for tackling boredom?

A: If you find yourself bored with too much free time on your hands, you should consider taking up the following hobbies:

  • Swimming
  • Playing cards
  • Gardening
  • Participating in garage sales
  • Dumpster diving
  • Joining a band
  • Attending dance class es
  • Coloring in a coloring book
  • Learning some magic tricks

Q: What are the benefits of trying something new?

A: Getting involved in new activities is healthy for your mind and body. Spending your free time doing activities that make you feel good is important for your health. 

Q: What hobbies can keep you healthy?

A: Swimming, cycling, and yoga are very healthy activities to participate in.


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