Ultimate List: 1100+ Hobbies To Try in 2024

Illustration of several different types of hobbies, including guitar, travel, surfing, knitting, art, and more

Looking for a new hobby? Me too. 

Over the last few years I’ve been trying to be more intentional about carving out time for hobbies. It’s easy to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that you forget to do things for yourself. 

By now, you’ve probably heard the quote, “Find three hobbies you love: One to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.”

I love this idea because it provides a simple framework for making sure I’m investing in hobbies that will bring joy and value to my life in a few different ways.

Of course, as the founder of Good Good Good, I’d amend the quote to also include “one to make the world a better place.” There’s no shortage of ways to make a difference — for people, the planet, or animals. And we should be able to have fun while doing good.

"Find four hobbies you love: One to make you money, one to keep you in shape, one to be creative, and one to make the world a better place."
— Good Good Good

Whether you’re here because you’ve entered a new chapter of life, ready to make more time for yourself — or you’re simply ready to try something new — you’ve come to the right place.

The Good Good Good team and I have worked hard to compile the most comprehensive and diverse list of hobbies on the internet. We guarantee you’ll find a few ideas you’ve never heard of or considered before. 

We’ve broken this article into sections: Outdoor | Indoor | Creative | Sports | Volunteering | Collecting | DIY/Home | Food | Travel | Social

Feel free to scroll straight to the list of hobbies for adults.
But in case you need a little bit more convincing, we’ve prepared a breakdown of why you should start a new hobby:

Why Hobbies Are Important

Hobbies have been proven to boost mental health. According to a 2022 study published in the International Journal of Public Health, engaging in hobbies was found to significantly reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Hobbies can improve physical health. A new study — published in BMC Public Health — found that engaging in physical hobbies, such as gardening, hiking, or dancing, can lead to improved physical health. 

Hobbies can help manage stress. A 2022 study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine found that participating in hobbies is a great way to alleviate and prevent stress.

Hobbies can enhance cognitive function. A 2022 study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry found that engaging in certain hobbies can lead to increased cognitive function.

Hobbies can improve longevity. You’ve heard the quote, “I’m here for a good time, not a long time.” But it turns out you can have both — at least according to a 2022 study published in the Journal of Epidemiology.

Hobbies can foster social connections. If you want to make new friends, picking up a hobby is the easiest way to build social connections — according to a 2022 study published in Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Plus: Hobbies can boost self-esteem, increase life satisfaction, foster creativity, and provide a sense of purpose.

So yes, you should absolutely pick up a new hobby or two! Enjoy the ultimate list of hobby ideas —

You might also like these related articles: Hobbies for Women | Fun Things To Do When Bored | Self-Care Ideas

The Ultimate List of Hobbies

Outdoor Activities

Adventure Racing

Archery

Backpacking

Basketball

Beach Volleyball

Beachcombing

Beekeeping

Birding

Birdwatching

Bonfire Making

Bonfire Storytelling

Bonsai Gardening

Bouldering

Bungee Jumping

Camping

Canoe Camping

Canoeing

Canyoning

Cave Diving

Caving

Conservation

Cross-Country Skiing

Crossfit Training

Cycling

Disc Golf

Diving

Dog Sledding

Dragon Boat Paddling

Expeditions

Figure Skating

Fishing

Flying Model Airplanes

Foil Surfing

Foraging

Forest Bathing

Frisbee Golf

Gardening

Geocaching

Glamping

Golfing

Hammock Lounging

Hiking

Horseback Riding

Ice Hockey

Ice Skating

Ironman Training

Jet Skiing

Jogging

Kayaking

Kite Flying

Kiteboarding

Labyrinth Walking

Landscape Painting

Letterboxing

Marathon Training

Metal Detecting

Motorcycling

Mountain Biking

Mountain Climbing

Mountaineering

Nature Journaling

Nature Painting

Nature Scavenger Hunts

Nature Sketching

Nature Walks

Nature-Inspired Crafts

Off-Roading

Orienteering

Orienteering Races

Outdoor Barbecuing

Outdoor Boot Camps

Outdoor Concerts

Outdoor Cooking

Outdoor Crafting

Outdoor Festivals

Outdoor Film Screenings

Outdoor Grilling

Outdoor Journaling

Outdoor Markets

Outdoor Meditation

Outdoor Movie Nights

Outdoor Obstacle Courses

Outdoor Painting

Outdoor Painting Workshops

Outdoor Photography

Outdoor Reading

Outdoor Sketching

Outdoor Theater Performances

Outdoor Writing

Outdoor Yoga

Outrigger Canoe Paddling

Paragliding

Parkour

Photography Expeditions

Picnicking

Rafting

River Rafting

Riverboarding

Rock Balancing

Rock Climbing

Rollerblading

Rowing

Running

Sailing

Scuba Diving

Skateboarding

Skiing

Skydiving

Slackline Yoga

Slacklining

Snorkeling

Snowboarding

Snowmobiling

Snowshoeing

Soccer

Spelunking

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Stargazing

Surfing

Survival Skills Training

Tennis

Trail Running

Tree Climbing

Triathlon Training

Tubing

Ultimate Frisbee

Urban Gardening

Wakeboarding

Walking

Water Skiing

Whitewater Kayaking

Whitewater Rafting

Wildlife Observation

Wildlife Photography

Wildlife Tracking

Windsurfing

Yachting

Ziplining

Indoor Activities

Antiquing

Computer Programming

Crossword Puzzle Solving

Escape Rooms

Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor Stargazing

Interior Design

Interior Painting

Interior Wall Art

Jewelry Making

Jigsaw Puzzling

Journaling

Knitting

Knitting Blankets

Learning a Musical Instrument

Learning About History Through Books

Learning About History Through Documentaries

Learning Magic Tricks

Learning New Languages

Learning Sign Language

Letter Writing

Listening To Audiobooks

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Listening To Music

Listening To Podcasts

Listening To Records

Mahjong

Manga Reading

Manicure Design

Meditation

Mindfulness Practices

Morse Code

Nail Art Design

Online Board Games

Online Research

Online Shopping

Organizing Recipes

Organizing Spaces

Origami

Paint by Numbers

Painting

Painting Scale Models

Paper Crafts

Paper Mache Crafts

Party Planning

Peloton

Pet Care

Photography Editing

Photography Post-Processing

Pilates

Plant Care

Playing Musical Instruments

Podcasting

Poker

Pottery

Practicing Magic Tricks

Practicing Memory Techniques

Practicing Morse Code

Practicing Speed Reading Techniques

Preserving

Puzzle Making

Quilting 

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Reading Fiction

Reading Magazines

Reading Memoirs and Biographies

Reading Newspapers

Reading Nonfiction

Reading Poetry

Reviewing Books

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Scrapbooking

Sculpting

Sewing

Singing

Sketching

Soap Making

Solving Rubik’s Cubes

Solving Sudoku

Solving Wordle

Studying Ancient Archaeology

Studying Ancient Civilizations

Studying Old Globes

Studying Old Maps

Studying Philosophy

Studying Rare Photographs

Studying Vintage Photographs

Tarot Card Reading

Video Gaming

Virtual Reality Gaming

Watching Anime

Watching Documentaries

Watching Movies

Watching Sports Games

Watching Television

Watching YouTube

Web Design

Wine Tasting

Word Scrambles

Writing

Writing Poetry

Writing Short Stories

Writing Songs

Yoga

Creative Pursuits

3D Modeling

3D Printing

Abstract Art

Acting

Altered Book Art

Animation

Audio Production

Baking

Balloon Twisting

Bartending

Beading

Beatboxing

Block Printing

Blogging

Bodypainting

Bookbinding

Cake Decorating

Calligraphy

Calligraphy Workshops

Calligraphy Writing Workshops

Carving

Ceramic Glazing

Ceramics Sculpting

Chalk Art

Collaging

Coloring

Comic Book Creation

Composing Music

Cosplaying

Craftivism

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Creative Writing

Crocheting

Cross-stitching

Culinary Arts

Dance Choreography

Dancing

Decoupage

Design Clothes

Digital Art

Digital Painting

Digital Scrapbooking

DisneyBounding

DJing

Dollhouse Building

Doodling

Drag

Drawing

Embellishing Clothing

Embroidery

Encaustic Painting (Wax Painting)

Fabric Dyeing

Fabric Printing

Fashion Design

Fashion Illustration

Filmmaking

Floral Arranging

Found Object Art

Glass Painting

Glassblowing

Graffiti Art

Graphic Design

Growing Bonsai

Hair and Wig Styling

Hand Lettering

Home Brewing

Illustration

Impersonations

Improv

Interior Design

Journaling

Juggling

Knitting

Latte Art

Leathercraft

Lettering

Listening Music

Macrame

Magic

Makeup

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Makeup: FX

Makeup: Tutorials

Making Candles

Making Cards

Making Dolls

Making Fan Merch

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Making Jewelry

Making Metal Jewelry

Making Soap

Making Stickers

Making Wreaths

Making Zines 

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Metal Jewelry Stamping

Metalworking

Mixed Media Art

Mixology

Model Building

Mosaic Art

Nail Art 

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Origami

Painting

Painting Rocks

Paper Crafting

Paper Mache Crafting

Paper Marbling

Papercutting

Photography

Photography: Aerial

Photography: Astrophotography

Photography: Concert

Photography: Drone

Photography: Editing

Photography: Fashion

Photography: Film

Photography: Food

Photography: Long Exposure

Photography: Macro

Photography: Nature

Photography: Portraiture

Photography: Post-Processing

Photography: Sports

Photography: Still Life

Photography: Stock

Photography: Underwater

Playing a Musical Instrument

Playing an Instrument

Playing in a Band

Plein Air Painting (Outdoor Painting)

Podcasting

Poetry Writing

Portrait Drawing

Portrait Painting

Pottery

Pottery Painting

Printmaking

Punch Needling

Puppetry

Pyrography (Wood Burning)

Quilling

Quilting 

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Scrapbooking

Screen Printing

Sculpting

Sewing

Singing

Sketch Comedy

Sketching

Slam Poetry

Social Media: Instagram

Social Media: Pinterest

Social Media: TikTok

Social Media: YouTube

Songwriting

Stained Glass Art

Stand-Up Comedy

Storytelling

String Art

Teaching Musical Instruments

Textile Design

Theater Production

Tie-Dyeing

Urban Sketching

Videography

Vlogging

Voice Lessons

Weaving

Website Design

Wire Wrapping

Woodworking

Writing

Writing Music

Writing Poetry

Sports & Fitness

Adventure Racing

Aerial Hoop

Aerial Silks

Aerobics

Aikido

Air Hockey

Archery

Badminton

Barre

Baseball

Basketball

Bocce Ball

Bodybuilding

Bootcamp Workouts

Bossaball

Bouldering

Bowling

Boxing

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Bungee Jumping

Calisthenics

Canoe Camping

Canoeing

Canyoning

Cheerleading

Chess Boxing

Cornhole

Crabbing

Cricket

Cricket Batting Cages

Cross-Country

Cross-Country Skiing

Crossfit

Curling

Cycling

Dance

Dance: Ballet

Dance: Dance Dance Revolution

Dance: Hip-Hop

Dance: Just Dance

Dance: Salsa

Disc Golf

Downhill Skiing

Duathlon

Fencing

Figure Skating

Football

Free Diving

Frisbee

Gaelic Football

Golf Driving Range

Golfing

Gymnastics

Half Marathon Running

Handball

Heliboarding

Heliskiing

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Highland Games

Hiking

Horse Racing

Horseback Riding

Horseshoe Throwing

Hula Hooping

Ice Hockey

Ice Skating

Jet Skiing

Jogging

Judo

Kabaddi

Karate

Kayaking

Kendo

Kickboxing

Kiteboarding

Kung Fu

Lacrosse

Longboarding

Marathon Running

Martial Arts: Judo

Martial Arts: Karate

Martial Arts: Taekwondo

Mountain Biking

Obstacle Course Races

Orienteering

Orienteering Races

Outdoor Boot Camps

Paintball

Paragliding

Parkour

Peloton

Pickleball

Pilates

Playing Catch

Pole Dancing

Powerlifting

Quidditch 

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Racquetball

Rafting

Reiki

Retreats: Meditation

Retreats: Yoga

Rock Climbing

Roller Derby

Roller Skating

Rollerblading

Rowing

Rugby

Running

Running Track

Scuba Diving

Skateboarding

Skiing

Skydiving

Slacklining

Snorkeling

Snowboarding

Snowkiting

Soccer

Softball

Spikeball

Spin Classes

Squash

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Strongman Training

Surfing

Swimming

Synchronized Swimming

Table Tennis

Tai Chi

Target Shooting

Tennis

Trail Running

Trampoline Jumping

Triathlon

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultramarathon Running

Underwater Hockey

Volleyball

Wakeboarding

Water Polo

Water Skiing

Weightlifting

Wing Surfing

Wrestling

Yoga

Zumba

Volunteering & Making a Difference

Activism 

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Calling Your Elected Officials

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Charity Work

Craftivism 

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Joining a Board of Directors for a Nonprofit Organization

Marching

Protesting

Visiting Your Elected Officials

Volunteering: After-School Program

Volunteering: Animal Shelter

Volunteering: Community Center

Volunteering: Food Bank

Volunteering: Fundraising

Volunteering: Homeless Shelter

Volunteering: Litter Clean-Up

Volunteering: Local Charity

Volunteering: Local Museum or Art Gallery

Volunteering: Local School

Volunteering: Mentoring

Volunteering: Moms Demand Action

Volunteering: Music Festivals

Volunteering: Participating in Charity Fundraisers or Events

Volunteering: Political Campaigns

Volunteering: Senior Center or Retirement Home

Volunteering: Soup Kitchen

Volunteering: Tutoring

Volunteering: Wildlife Observation

Volunteering: Youth Organization

Collecting

Action Figures

Advertising Signs

Anime

Antique Bells

Antique Bookends

Antique Buttons

Antique Cameras

Antique Dollhouse Furniture

Antique Dollhouses

Antique Fans

Antique Fishing Lures

Antique Furniture

Antique Glass Bottles

Antique Gloves

Antique Hat Pins

Antique Jewelry

Antique Locks

Antique Medical Instruments

Antique Microscopes

Antique Photo Albums

Antique Pocket Watches

Antique Postcards

Antique Pottery

Antique Puzzles

Antique Radios

Antique Rugs

Antique Silver Spoons

Antique Silverware

Antique Swords

Antique Tapestries

Antique Tea Sets

Antique Tools

Antique Toy Cars

Antique Trunks

Antique Typewriters

Art

Autographs

Band Merch

Baseball Cards

Beer Cans

Books

Bottle Caps

Brand Merch

Bugs and Insects

Children’s Books

Clocks and Watches

Coca-Cola Memorabilia

Coins

Comic Books

Concert Tickets

Cups and Glassware 

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Depression Glass

Disney Memorabilia

Dolls

Feathers

Festival Merch

First Editions

Fountain Pen Ink

Fountain Pens

Gemstone Jewelry

Gemstones

Historical Documents

Jewelry

Jordans

Keychains

Legos

License Plate Frames

License Plates

Lighters

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Manga

Manuscripts

Matchbox Cars

Meteorites

Military Memorabilia

Minerals

Miniatures

Movie Memorabilia

Movie Props

Musical Instrument

Old Globes

Old Maps

Perfume Bottles

Pez Dispensers

Photographs

Photography Equipment

Photography Gear

Pinball Machines

Postcards

Posters

Quotes 

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Rare Photographs

Religious Artifacts

Rocks

Seashells

Sneakers

Soda Bottles

Special Editions

Sport Tickets

Sports Cards

Sports Equipment

Sports Memorabilia

Stamps

Stickers

Teacups

Teapots

Teddy Bears

Ticket Stubs

Toys

Video Games

Vintage Advertising

Vintage Advertising Signs

Vintage Board Games

Vintage Buttons

Vintage Camera Lenses

Vintage Clothing

Vintage Clothing Accessories

Vintage Fashion

Vintage Hats

Vintage Jewelry

Vintage Lunchboxes

Vintage Magazines

Vintage Photographs

Vintage Postcards

Vintage Posters

Vintage Sewing Machines

Vintage Sheet Music

Vintage Stamp Dispensers

Vintage Tins

Vintage Watches

Vinyl Records

Vinyl Toys

Wine

Zippo Lighters

DIY & Home Improvement

Aquaponics Projects

Block Printing

Building: Bicycle Racks and Storage

Building: Birdhouses and Feeders

Building: Bookcases and Shelving Units

Building: Custom Aquariums

Building: Custom Pet Feeding Stations

Building: Dog Houses or Cat Trees

Building: Fire Pits

Building: Garden Trellises and Arbors

Building: Greenhouses

Building: Outdoor Furniture 

Building: Outdoor Kitchens or Barbecue Areas

Building: Outdoor Structures

Building: Plant Stands and Hangers

Building: Playground Structures

Building: Raised Flower Beds

Building: Raised Garden Beds

Building: Storage for Garages and Workshops

Car Customization Projects

Car Maintenance and Repairs

Carpentry

Collage

Composting

Concrete Projects

Cord Management

Creating: Pet Furniture

Creating: Custom Vinyl Decals and Stickers

Creating: Holiday Decorations and Ornaments

Creating: Mosaics

Creating: Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

Creating: Outdoor Water Features 

Creating: Wedding Decorations

Crocheting

DIY Bookbinding

Drywall Installation and Repair

Electrical Repairs and Installations

Electronics Projects

Embroidery

Engraving

Experimenting with DIY Science Projects

Fabric Dyeing

Fashion Design

Felting

Fence Painting and Staining

Flooring Installation

Flower Arranging

Flower Pressing

Furniture Restoration

Home Audio Projects

Home Cleaning

Home Decluttering

Home Decor Projects

Home Decorating

Home Energy Efficiency Improvements

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Home Insulation Improvements

Home Organization

Home Renovation

Home Repairs and Maintenance

Hydroponics Projects

Installing Smart Home Technology

Installing Solar Panels

Knife Sharpening

Knitting

Labeling

Landscaping

Leather Crafting

Leatherwork

Making Bath and Body Products

Making Cabinets

Making Candles

Making Children’s Forts

Making Children’s Playhouses

Making Diffusers

Making Fragrance Blends

Making Handbags and Wallets

Making Homemade Soap

Making Jewelry

Making Accessories

Making Journals

Making Natural Cleaning Products

Making Natural Skincare Products

Making Perfumes

Making Personal Care Products

Making Picture Frames

Making Planters and Flower Pots

Making Window Blinds or Shades

Miniature Garden Making

Minimalism

Mod Podge Crafts

Natural Dyeing

Natural Pest Control Solutions

Origami

Painting Walls and Furniture

Paper Crafts

PC Building

Pet Toys and Accessories

Planner Decorating

Plumbing Repairs and Installations

Quilting

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Recycling

Refinishing Antique Furniture

Refinishing Wooden Floors

Refurbishing Old Appliances

Refurbishing Vintage Furniture

Repairing Clothes

Repairing Technology

Restoring Antique Furniture

Restoring Vintage Cars

Restoring Vintage Motorcycles

Reupholstering Vintage Furniture

Scrapbooking

Screen Printing

Sewing

Smart Home Projects

Soap Carving

Soap Making

Soap Sculpting

Stained Glass Making

Sustainable Living Projects

Tablemaking

Terrarium Making

Tie-Dye

Tiling

Tissue Paper Crafts

Tool Maintenance and Sharpening

Upcycling and Repurposing Items

Upcycling Projects

Upholstery Projects

Wallpaper Installation

Welding

Woodworking

Cooking & Baking

Artisanal Bread Baking

Artisanal Cheese Making

Bagel Making

Bagel Sandwich Making

Baguette Making

Baking

Baking Bread

Baking Classes

Baking Workshops

Bartending

Beer Tasting

Biscuit Making

Bread Braiding

Bread Loaf Shaping

Bread Pudding Making

Bread Roll Making

Bread Twist Making

Breadstick Making

Brewing Beer

Brioche Baking

Brioche Bun Making

Bundt Cake Making

Cake Batter Making

Cake Carving

Cake Crumb Making

Cake Crumb Topping Making

Cake Decorating

Cake Frosting and Decorating

Cake Layering and Stacking

Cake Macaron Making

Cake Sculpting

Cake Tasting

Cake Truffle Making

Candy Making

Canning

Cannoli Making

Caramel Making

Cheese Making

Cheesecake Making

Chocolate Making

Chocolate Modeling

Chocolate Sculpting

Chocolate Tempering

Chocolate Truffle Making

Chocolatiering

Choux Pastry Making

Cinnamon Roll Making

Cocktail Mixing

Coffee Brewing

Coffee Roasting

Cookie Baking

Cookie Decorating

Cookie Dough Making

Cooking

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Cooking Classes

Cooking Workshops

Crème Brûlée Making

Crepe Making

Croissant Making

Crostini Making

Cupcake Baking and Decorating

Custard Filling Making

Danish Pastry Braid Making

Danish Pastry Glazing

Danish Pastry Making

Danish Pastry Topping Making

Dessert Tasting and Critique

Doughnut Hole Making

Doughnut Making

Dumpling Making

Éclair Making

Fermentation Projects

Flaky Pastry Making

Flatbread Making

Flavor Pairing

Focaccia Bread Making

Fondant Making

Food Blogging

Food History Research

Food Photography and Styling

Food Plating

Food Presentation

Food Styling

Food Writing

French Pastry Making

Fudge Making

Gluten-Free Baking

Gourmet Chocolate Making

Gourmet Cupcake Making

Gourmet Marshmallow Making

Gourmet Popcorn Making

Gourmet S’mores Making

Grilling

Herb Blending

Historical Recipes Recreation

Homemade Ice Cream Making

Homemade Jam and Jelly Making

Homemade Pasta Making

Ice Cream Making

International Cuisine Exploration

Jam Making

Kombucha Making

Layered Dessert Making

Liquor Infusing

Macaron Making

Matcha Brewing

Meal Planning

Meringue Making

Mille-Feuille Making

Mixology

Mousse Making

Muffin Baking

New Recipe Exploring

New Recipe Making

Olive Oil Infusing

Pancake and Waffle Making

Pasta Making

Pastry Making

Pickling

Pie Baking

Pie Crust Making

Pita Bread Making

Pizza Dough Making

Pizza Making

Popsicle Making

Pretzel Making

Puff Pastry Making

Quiche Making

Recipe Adaptation

Recipe Collection

Recipe Development

Recipe Experimenting

Recipe Modification

Recipe Organization

Recipe Sharing

Recipe Testing

Rice Pudding Making

Sauce Making

Shortbread Making

Simple Syrup Infusing

Smoking Meats

Sourdough Bread Making

Spice Blending

Sticky Bun Making

Sugar Work

Swiss Roll Making

Tart Filling Making

Tart Making

Tiramisu Making

Truffle Hunting

Truffle Making

Trying Different Bars

Trying Different Breweries

Trying Different Brunch Spots

Trying Different Restaurants

Trying Different Wineries

Vegan or Vegetarian Baking

Vegan or Vegetarian Cooking

Wine Tasting

Winemaking

Travel & Transportation

Adventure Travel Experiences

Airplane Sightseeing

Appreciating Architecture in Different Cities

Archaeology and Exploring Ancient Civilizations

Arctic or Antarctic Expeditions

Attending Cultural Events

Attending Cultural Festivals

Attending Travel Conferences and Workshops

ATV Riding

Backpacking

Backpacking Through Europe

Beach Vacations

Bungee Jumping

Camping

Canal Boat Cruises

Canoeing

Charity Work Aboard

Collecting Postcards from Different Places

Collecting Souvenirs from Different Places

Cross-Country Train Journeys

Cruise Ship Vacations

Cruising

Culinary Vacations

Cultural Exploration

Cultural Immersion Trips

Cycling

Desert Camping

Desert Exploration

Discovering Local Folklore and Legends

Eco-Tourism

Experiencing Local Music

Exploring Local Markets

Fishing Charters

Food Tasting

Geology

Glamping

Hiking

Horseback Riding

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Springs Exploring

Island Hopping

Kayaking

Kiteboarding

Language Immersion Trips

Learning About Indigenous Cultures and Traditions

Mountain Biking

Mountaineering

Music Festivals and Concerts

Off-Grid Camping

Off-Roading

Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations

Paragliding

Practicing Foreign Languages While Traveling

Rafting

Rafting Expeditions

Responsible Tourism

Retreats: Meditation

Retreats: Religious

Retreats: Spa

Retreats: Spiritual

Retreats: Wellness

Retreats: Yoga

Reviewing: Hotels

Reviewing: Restaurants

Riding Trains

River Cruises

Road Cycling

Road Trips

Rock Climbing

RV or Motorhome Travel

RVing

Safari Adventures

Sailing

Scenic Road Trips

Scuba Diving

Seeking Out Unique and Unusual Accommodations

Shopping for Unique Items

Ski Resort Getaways

Skiing

Skydiving

Snorkeling

Snowboarding

Snowmobiling

Snowshoeing

Spa and Wellness Getaways

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Studying Architecture in Different Cities

Surfing

Tours: Architecture

Tours: Art and Culture

Tours: Canopy

Tours: Cycling

Tours: Food

Tours: Helicopter

Tours: Motorcycle

Tours: Segway

Tours: Wine Tasting

Travel Blogging

Travel Journaling

Travel Photography

Travel Planning

Travel Research

Travel Writing

Trekking

Trying Different Modes of Transportation

Van Life

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Visiting: Archaeological Sites

Visiting: Bookshops

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Visiting: Botanical Gardens

Visiting: Every Country in a Continent

Visiting: Every Country in the World

Visiting: Every County in Your State

Visiting: Every National Park

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Visiting: Every ‘Springfield’ in the U.S.

Or any other common town name

Visiting: Famous Landmarks and Iconic Sites

Visiting: Historical Sites

Visiting: Libraries

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Visiting: Museums

Visiting: Natural Reserves

Visiting: Natural Wonders of the World

Visiting: Religious or Spiritual Landmarks and Sites

Visiting: Theme Parks

Visiting: TV and Movie Filming Locations and Sets

Visiting: Unesco World Heritage Sites

Visiting: Wildlife Sanctuaries

Voluntourism

Wellness Cruises

Whale Watching Expeditions

Wildlife Conservation Trips

Wildlife Photography Expeditions

Wildlife Safaris

Windsurfing

Wine Country Getaways

Wine Tasting

Yachting

Zip-Lining

Social Hobbies

Acting

Activism

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Attending Live Music Events

Attending Live Music Festivals

Attending: Art Exhibitions or Gallery Openings

Attending: Art Workshops or Classes

Attending: Comedy Shows or Open Mic Nights

Attending: Community Clean-Up or Beautification Projects

Attending: Community Events and Festivals

Attending: Community Gardening or Urban Farming Events

Attending: Cooking Classes

Attending: Cooking Demonstrations or Food Tasting Events

Attending: Cultural Festivals or Celebrations

Attending: Film Festivals

Attending: Film Screenings

Attending: Live Music Concerts

Attending: Mixology Classes

Attending: Poetry Readings

Attending: Poetry Slams or Spoken Word Competitions

Attending: Storytelling Events

Attending: TED Talks, TEDx Talks, or Other Public Speaking Events

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Attending: Theater Performances

Attending: Themed Parties

Attending: Workshops or Classes On Personal Development

Attending: Workshops or Classes On Self-Improvement

Charity Work

Community Gardening

Community Organizing

Community Painting and Art Projects

Community Service

Community Theater

Costume Events

DisneyBounding

Group Bike Rides

Hosting: Board Game Nights with Friends

Hosting: Brunch

Hosting: Dinner Parties

Hosting: Food-Sharing Events

Hosting: Game Nights

Hosting: Themed Parties

Joining a Class: Dance

Joining a Class: Languages

Joining a Class: Martial Arts or Self-Defense

Joining a Class: Sign Language

Karaoke

Organizing or Participating In: Charity Fundraiser Event

Organizing or Participating In: Charity Walk or Run

Organizing or Participating In: Community Art Project

Organizing or Participating In: Community Board Game or Card Game Night

Organizing or Participating In: Community Garage Sale

Organizing or Participating In: Community Gardening Swap or Seed Exchange

Organizing or Participating In: Community Talent Show

Organizing or Participating In: Dance or Fitness Flash Mob

Organizing or Participating In: Environmental Conservation Project

Organizing or Participating In: Game Night with Friends

Organizing or Participating In: Knitting or Crochet Charity Group

Organizing or Participating In: Local Choir or Singing Group

Organizing or Participating In: Local Community Council or Neighborhood Council

Organizing or Participating In: Local Community or Neighborhood Cleanup Initiative

Organizing or Participating In: Local Theater Production

Organizing or Participating In: Martial Arts or Self-Defense Tournament

Organizing or Participating In: Neighborhood Block Party

Organizing or Participating In: Neighborhood Garage Sale

Organizing or Participating In: Potluck Dinner

Organizing or Participating In: Pub Quiz

Organizing or Participating In: Storytelling or Writing Workshop

Organizing or Participating In: TEDx Events

Participating in Clubs

Participating in Clubs: Astronomy

Participating in Clubs: Birdwatching or Nature Photography Club

Participating in Clubs: Book Clubs

Participating in Clubs: Book Swapping or Lending

Participating in Clubs: Chess

Participating in Clubs: Crafting

Participating in Clubs: Cycling or Mountain Biking

Participating in Clubs: Debate

Participating in Clubs: Film Watching and Discussions

Participating in Clubs: Gardening

Participating in Clubs: Hiking and Walking

Participating in Clubs: Outdoor Adventures

Participating in Clubs: Painting or Drawing

Participating in Clubs: Photography

Participating in Clubs: Public Speaking

Participating in Clubs: Running or Jogging

Participating in Clubs: Sports Fans

Participating in Clubs: Stargazing

Participating in Clubs: Strategy Games

Participating in Clubs: Toastmasters

Participating in Groups: Band or Orchestra

Participating in Groups: Beach Cleanup or Coastal Conservation

Participating in Groups: Birdwatching or Wildlife Observation

Participating in Groups: Buy Nothing

Participating in Groups: Chocolate Tasting

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Participating in Groups: Choir or Vocal Ensemble

Participating in Groups: Community Gardening

Participating in Groups: Community Service Projects or Initiatives

Participating in Groups: Cooking or Baking

Participating in Groups: Cycling or Biking

Participating in Groups: Digital Marketing

Participating in Groups: Film Discussion

Participating in Groups: Hiking or Nature Conservation

Participating in Groups: Historical Society or Heritage

Participating in Groups: Knitting or Crochet

Participating in Groups: Language Exchange Programs

Participating in Groups: Local Singing or Vocal Group

Participating in Groups: Meditation or Mindfulness

Participating in Groups: Neighborhood Cleanup

Participating in Groups: Professional Association or Industry-Specific Networking

Participating in Groups: Singing

Participating in Groups: Social Media

Participating in Groups: Social or Professional Networking

Participating in Groups: Storytelling or Spoken Word Events

Participating in Groups: Team Sports Leagues

Participating in Groups: Theater

Participating in Groups: Trivia Nights

Participating in Groups: Walking Tours

Participating in Groups: Wine Tasting

Participating in Workshops: DIY

Participating in Workshops: Paint-and-Sip

Participating in Workshops: Writing

Play: Board Game Tournament

Play: Online Gaming and Multiplayer Experiences

Play: Retro Video Gaming

Play: Tabletop Gaming

Play: Video Game Tournament

Protesting

Public Speaking

Running in a 10k

Running in a 5k

Running in a Fun Run

Running in a Marathon

Socializing at Coffee Shops or Tea Houses

Trivia Nights

More Examples of Hobbies & Interests

Alchemy

Animating

Antiquing

Astrology

Astronomy

Cryptography

Crystal Growing

Deep-Sea Exploration

Dog Training

Drone Piloting

Dumpster Diving

Falconry

Fencing

Feng Shui

Fossil Hunting

Ghost Hunting

Historical Reenactment

Historical Sword Fighting

Juggling

Knife Throwing

Learning About Personality Types: DISC

Learning About Personality Types: Enneagram

Learning About Personality Types: Myers-Briggs

Lock Picking

Making Clocks (Horology)

Making Historical Costumes

Meteorology

Paper Airplane Designing

Paper Folding

Practicing Zero Waste

Pumpkin Carving

Robotics

Roller Coaster Riding

Sex

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Shopping

Silversmithing

Sound Bath Meditation

Survival Skills Training

Taxidermy

Thrifting

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Whistling

Whittling

Wikipedia Editing

Frequently Asked Questions

What are good hobbies for a resume?

Some of the best hobbies you can include on your resume are volunteering, photography, graphic design, writing, blogging, learning languages, traveling, playing sports, reading, unique research, brewing coffee, and art.

What are some good mindless hobbies?

Hobbies with repetitive motions are perfect for people who want to spend hours mindlessly doing something simple yet productive. Try hobbies like crocheting, knitting, and punch knitting. You might also consider trying paint-by-numbers kits, cross-stitching, or origami.

What are some unique hobby ideas?

There’s nothing like meeting someone who participates in really unique hobbies. If you’d like to take up a unique hobby of your own, consider trying out dragon boat paddling, paper airplane designing, falconry, archery, hot springs exploring, collecting lunch boxes, and more.

What are some good quotes about hobbies?

We’ve collected a few great hobby quotes:

  • “In burnout cultures, people are judged by the sacrifices they make. Hobbies, vacations, and even family time are viewed as distractions to penalize.
    In healthy cultures, people are judged by the commitments they keep. Interests outside work are seen as passions to celebrate.”
    — Adam Grant
  • “I can never read all the books I want; be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”
    — Sylvia Plath
  • “My favorite hobby = collecting hobbies”
    — Dani Donovan
  • “Your hobbies don't need to be competitive or lucrative. You don't need to be a master or make money. Hobbies are for joy, relaxation, friendship, expression, exploration!”
    — Headspace
  • “Unsolicited advice: Hobbies = good for mental health.
    But if it enhances your career, like reading books about your profession, it’s not a hobby.
    A hobby is something you work to perfect even though achieving perfection will change literally nothing important.”

    — Jason Kander
  • “Legendary innovators like Franklin, Snow, and Darwin all possess some common intellectual qualities — a certain quickness of mind, unbounded curiosity — but they also share one other defining attribute. They have a lot of hobbies.”
    — Steven Johnson
  • “Find three hobbies you love: One to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.”
    — Anonymous
  • “Find four hobbies you love: One to make you money, one to keep you in shape, one to be creative, and one to make the world a better place.”
    Good Good Good

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