Retirement Hobbies

Retirement hobbies can help keep you busy and happy during your retirement years.

Researchers have also found that retired people who get involved in hobbies tend to live longer.

However, because many people are so busy with their jobs and family responsibilities, they aren't able to make time for hobbies.

But now that you are retired you can pursue all those interests that you put on the back burner for so long.

Most people look forward to their retirement because it gives them opportunities to pursue hobbies and other interests without having to worry about job responsibilities.

However, there are a few who need a little inspiration to help get them started in pursuing a retirement hobby.

So, how do you choose which retirement hobbies are right for you?

Below are some of the more traditional hobbies for seniors and along with some unconventional hobbies too.

Allow yourself to experiment with different hobbies. You may rekindle a long buried talent that you have completely forgotten about.

The main thing to remember when looking for retirement hobbies is to just have fun!


Picture of stamps for retirement hobby.

Just getting started in collecting can be the most challenging part because the choices are limitless.

But everyone has something that they are passionate about.

Collecting just involves having multiple objects of the same kind. Look around and you may discover that you already have a small collection of something.

Most collectors enjoy visiting yard sales, flea markets, and conventions with the hope that they may stumble upon a “one-of-a-kind” find for their collection.

Once you start collecting you might also want to join up with others who have the same interests.

Ideas for collections:

  • Arrowheads
  • Coins and/or currency
  • Bells
  • Books
  • Buttons
  • Cards
  • Comic Books
  • Dice
  • Dolls
  • Fans
  • Hats
  • Jewelry
  • Kaleidoscopes
  • License Plates
  • Marbles
  • Music boxes
  • Paperweights
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Seashells
  • Snow globes
  • Thimbles
  • Neck Ties
  • Toys
  • Trains
  • Vinyl Records
  • Wine and wine labels


Picture of woman crocheting as a retirement hobby.

More and more seniors are discovering the rewards of crafting. Plus, many crafts can be sold to make a little extra money.

Some ideas are:

  • Crocheting or Knitting – Each process involves creating fabric from cord, yarn, or thread using a specialized hook or needles. The best way to learn is by taking a class. Many community colleges and yarn and craft stores offer classes.
  • Beading – Beadwork usually takes the form of jewelry but can be used on clothes, blankets, wall hanging...etc.
  • Basketry or wickerwork – This is the process of weaving natural fibers to make containers or furniture.
  • Candle Making – Candles are made from paraffin, vegetable waxes, beeswax, and gel wax. They come in every size, shape, color, and fragrance.
  • Building Birdhouses or Dollhouses – You can design, build, and decorate these small houses with your own individuality.
  • Fly Tying – Lures come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Ties are made by wrapping thread tightly around a fish hook and then tying on the additional embellishments. This is a detailed and painstaking process, but a very rewarding pastime.
  • Needlework – Needlework includes embroidery, crewel, cross-stitch, and needlepoint.
  • Pottery – Pottery includes slip casting, on a wheel, or by hand. Wet malleable clay is shaped into a form and left to dry. After drying, the clay is then fired in a kiln. The pottery can then be painted with a glaze and fired in the kiln again. You will then have your personal and unique pottery.
  • Quilting – Quilting has endured over the centuries. Quilting is great way to express your personality into a unique craft.
  • Scrapbooking – One of the most popular crafts right now. Scrapbooking is a way of preserving photos and mementos in book form. Each book provides a unique and very personal way to store your memories.
  • Stained Glass – Stained glass projects can include sun-catchers, windows, and lampshades. To make a stained glass, you put colored glass pieces together to form a picture or an abstract design.


Picture of man fishing for his retirement hobby.

As baby boomer's grow older, so does their desire to maintain their fitness.

While being able to play lots of golf is many a retiree's dream, there are many more sports for retirees to tackle and enjoy.

Some examples of sports for retirement activities are:

  • Tennis – All you need for this sport is a tennis racket and a few tennis balls. This is a great sport that keeps you active. For a great workout, you can play with one other person, or for a less strenuous workout, play doubles with three other people. If you find you don't have anyone interested in playing with you, go to the nearest tennis club. There are always other people looking for someone to play a game with.
  • Senior Citizen Softball - This is the number one senior sport for men. To play on a senior team men must be 50 plus years and women must be 45 plus.
  • Fishing – What a great way to pass the time! You can just sit back and relax and enjoy the outdoors. You don't need any special skills to fish. However, if you do get serious about the sport, you can learn to tie your own flies – which is another hobby to enjoy!
  • Hiking – Hiking is a time to enjoy the outdoors. Start early in the day, take snacks, and plenty of water. There are also hiking groups for every fitness level that you can join. While hiking you can also enjoy other hobbies such as, bird watching, fossil hunting, and rock collecting.
  • Biking - Even if it has been years since your rode a bike, you never forget how. It is a good idea to ride with a partner and to use a helmet. Look for a bike that is made for a senior citizen - it will be more comfortable to ride. There are also organized senior cycling tours for active older adults who are 50 plus. You can join one of these groups and travel the world on your bicycle.
  • Dancing - Whether it is ballroom, Latin, country, or hip-hop, dancing is a great form of exercise.


  • Beekeeping - You can raise honeybees almost anywhere. And unless you are allergic to bee stings, there is really nothing to fear.
  • Beer Brewing - The process is easy. The flavor of your beer can be as unique as you are.
  • Book Reading - You can join a book reading club and exchange books with other book lovers and participate in interesting discussions with others. There are many "reading groups" on the internet.
  • Cooking - From French cuisine to down-home cooking, retirement is a great time to learn new cooking skills.
  • Dog Breeding or Dog Show Training - If you have always enjoyed dogs, then this may be a hobby for you.
  • Genealogy - Ever wonder where your ancestors came from? Genealogy has such fun benefits as meeting other people who are looking for information about the same people you are researching and meeting distant relatives. Plus, once you trace your family's heritage, you can return to your family's "homeland" and travel to the significant places in your family history.
  • Photography - If you have always been a “shutter-bug”, now is the time to learn new techniques and to spend more time on preserving those memories. Many community colleges offer photography classes for beginners to professionals.

As you can see, the list of ideas for retirement hobbies is endless. All you need to do is ”Get a Retirement Hobby” and have fun!



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