Retirement Hobbies
How will you spend your precious free time?

On this page, you can find ideas for retirement hobbies that you may not have imagined. Scroll all the way down so you don't miss any of the really cool things: rowing, scuba, mountain biking, building models, and much more.

Hobbies are incredibly important for the retirement years.

Even though we may not be working at a job anymore, we still need to continue learning, growing, and accomplishing.

The difference is that we can do as much or as little, and do it on our own schedule.

Time for your passions: A scaleable and productive hobby

Hobby Scale Model and Modeler, Herod's Temple

Retirement, the perfect time for your best modeling!
Click the picture to visit this modeler's website to see more about his amazing hobby.


Learn (or re-learn) a Musical Instrument

Music can be a very fulfilling retirement hobby in many ways.

Did you play an instrument in your younger days? Why not try it again?

Take guitar, drum, or singing lessons. Find an informal group of musicians to "jam" with.

retirement things to do: play music

We've had Sunday night music at our house for years! My husband plays guitar and he has a large group of friends he met through his interest in music. Many of the musicians who attend are retirees who love to play and sing together.

Visit your local music store to find out what's available in your area. Many senior centers invite musicians to play at their social night.

If you're not into playing or singing, bring music into your day by radio, MP3, or cds. Choose a music channel through your TV.


Rowing for Exercise and Pleasure

This is a beautiful afternoon of rowing on a North Carolina lake in the early fall.

Some lakes in NC don't allow large engines. This makes them ideal places for rowing. On this day, we had the entire lake to ourselves, and we saw heron, geese, and ducks as we glided over the water.

retirement hobby: solitary rowing on NC lake
retirement hobby: rowing back to shore

Learn SCUBA diving

Maybe you've always been interested in scuba diving, but never found the time or money to get into it.

It isn't as hard as you might imagine to get your diving certification. I'm not very athletic (a girlie-girl) and I did it!

You don't have to dive to great depths, either, in fact the best sights are in 20 feet of water or less. Amazing colors of fish, and loads of fun!

Retirement hobby: scuba diving

What about some indoor hobbies?

retirement hobby: reading

Maybe your retirement hobby requires equipment that you should purchase while you are still working, but only if you are very sure it isn’t a passing fancy.

Explore a hobby before you leave your job to see if it will sustain your interest. Perhaps take a class...

Here are a few more ideas to get you started

Make pottery, learn to draw, knit, paint

retirement hobby painting
Make pottery

Organize the photos of your life

Purchase a digital converter to convert your negatives or slides to a computer format, or if most of your photos are printed, scan them into your computer and create digital photo albums.

While you're organizing these snapshots of your family's history, think about how you might organize groups of them into photo books.

If you are musical, join a band or start a weekly jam session with your musical friends. Over time, new people will naturally come into your circle


A Money Making and Fun Hobby

Many hobbies can also become small business opportunities. Writers can become webmasters, potters can open an online shop, and people who grow things, indoors or outdoors, can turn their green thumbs into profits by selling their produce or plants.

propagate plants for retirement income

More Ideas for new hobbies

Read the books you never had time for

Start a small business from your hobby or craft – join etsy.com

Learn Geo Caching and search for hidden caches or markers – visit www.geocaching.com

Put together a reading list of all the books you never had time to read. Download several to your Kindle or other reader. Or take advantage of your local library and read them for free.

Start a book club to carry friendships into your retirement

Learn metal detecting and search for treasure. Join a club in your area to meet people and learn from others.

Learn mountain biking and join a bike club in your area

Become the family historian and study your genealogy

Learn metal detecting and search for treasure. Join a club in your area to meet people and learn from others.

Learn mountain biking and join a bike club in your area

Become the family historian and study your genealogy

Volunteering Ideas

Things To Do In Retirement


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