43 Fun Hobbies for Couples That Will Strengthen Your Relationship
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Do you ever find yourself walking down the street and smiling at the elderly couple holding hands?
Or feel a tear in your eye, watching an ailing man’s beloved wife of 50 years push him through the park in his wheelchair on a beautiful Spring day?
Maybe you are in awe of your grandparents, who still manage to make it out dancing one night a week in their seventies?
And you wonder, “What is their secret to a lasting, loving relationship?”.
The answer is simple.
They have a hobby… something they enjoy doing together.
Hobbies have many benefits on the mind and body.
In addition to the obvious perks, like stress relief and breaking up the monotony of one’s day, hobbies for couples can be a fun and romantic way to keep a relationship fresh and exciting.
No one will argue that open, honest communication is the key to a successful relationship.
However, spending quality time together is also crucial.
Wait! Before you get all “ick” on me… hear me out.
I’m not suggesting spending every waking moment together outside of work, abandoning all sense of self and friendships… but, what I am suggesting is finding that one thing (or two) that you both actually look forward to doing together.
Something you don’t want to do with anyone else.
Something that helps to define you as a couple.
In this article, I will outline 43 fun hobbies for couples that will include a little something for everyone… regardless of age, skill level, physicality or how long you’ve been together.
I will even categorize them for you, in case you already have an idea as to what it is you are looking for.
So if you’re serious about strengthening your relationship, stick with me.
What You Will Learn
- Adventure Seeking Hobbies for Couples
- Romantic Hobbies for Couples
- Creativity-Inspired Hobbies for Couples
- Fitness Hobbies for Couples
- Indulgent Hobbies for Couples
- Relaxing Hobbies for Couples
- Final Thoughts on Hobbies for Couples
Adventure Seeking Hobbies for Couples
1. Kayak, canoe and white water rafting too
Nothing screams adventure quite like the open water. Whether ocean, river, bay or stream… there is something to be said for putting yourself out there, not knowing what to expect.
Kayaks come in single or double variety, depending on how closely you want to work together. You can also do them in sea or freshwater. Canoes are typically reserved for those who like to move at a slower pace, want to take in the scenery. While rafting is a great alternative for meeting other people who share your sense of adventure.
You never quite know what to expect from nature. Weather conditions can change in a flash. You may see a deer giving birth in the woods one minute… and a bear fishing for salmon in a stream the next. Or an eagle nearing extinction flying from the tree just above you. Camping is a great way to quiet all distractions… and get back to what’s important and truly beautiful in this world.
3. Skiing/snowboarding (even snowshoeing)
No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to try something new. I, for instance, took up snowboarding at age 41 because my husband has been skiing for most of his life… and was looking to get our children involved. I simply didn’t want to be left out. Additionally, we are fortunate enough to live within two hours of decent ski mountains… making it a doable couples retreat for us. The crisp mountain air is just what the doctor ordered for a couple looking to cozy up by the fire at night. Lessons are available for any age.
If you are truly seeking new adventures and yearn to experience other places and cultures, the travel bug is a good one to have. Believe me. Travel often goes hand in hand with your favorite hobby (sailing, hiking, photography, cuisine, snorkeling), as people tend to migrate towards places that offer the things they most enjoy. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive hobby. Websites like Tripadvisor allow you to search for places based on things to do, price and distance.
5. Find an Obstacle Course
Almost everywhere you look these days, you’ll see advertisements pop up for obstacle course races. Tough Mudder, Goliathon, Spartan Race are just a few. These races are designed to get your nice and dirty, while pushing your physical limits. Now, imagine doing it with your spouse or partner? Imagine the shower afterwards….
In all seriousness, obstacle course races are all the rage these days… and for good reason. It’s adventurous. It’s physical. It’s a fun bonding experience. And if you pick the right race, it sometimes even benefits a charity… guaranteed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
6. Fly fishing
When most people think about fishing, they think about tossing out a line… kicking back with a cold one and relaxing until something bites.
But fly fishing is a whole other animal.
Flying fishing involves a watchful eye and crafted technique. It’s done while standing in a stream,with constantly changing conditions. Try it once and you may just get hooked!
7. Skeet or Target Shooting
Whether you are a fan of guns or not, there is an undeniable rush that goes along with firing one.
Skeet and/or target shooting is a great way to feel that sensation, without having to hunt a living thing. It is also great for hand-eye coordination, as well as instills a sense of control and power.
8. Learn to ride a motorcycle
Motorcycles often get a bad rap for being dangerous… when, in reality, it is the rider who is responsible for their own safety.
Also, drivers of cars claiming not to have seen the motorcycle are often a factor in most accidents.
But nobody said riding a motorcycle had to be done on a highway… or heavily trafficked road. In fact, some of the most amazing rides are done on back roads. Through country landscapes or coastal byways.
There are safety courses offered in most countries… and bikes built for one, or two. Heck, you can even get a sidecar!
9. Learn to sail a boat
Bobby Darin may have been onto something when he talked about sailing in his hit song, “Beyond the Sea”.
There is nothing quite as romantic or adventurous as being out on a boat with your loved one, especially when the seas are calm.
And while that may not be the case where you live, there are places all over the world that offer sailing lessons in ideal conditions.
Aruba. The Dominican Republic. St. Pete’s Beach, Florida.
To name a few.
Resorts employ certified instructors who would be happy to take you lovebirds out for a lesson to get you comfortable, before bidding you adieu in the crystal blue.
Romantic Hobbies for Couples
If you’re looking for a new hobby, why not look to volunteer organizations? There is plethora of nonprofits and charities out there begging for your time and talents.
Always wanted to build something? Check out Habitat for Humanity.
Tired of seeing people go hungry? Why not check out a local food pantry or soup kitchen?
Going through empty nest syndrome? Why not instill some wisdom on an impressionable youngster as a mentor?
Love fitness and exercise? Apply to work with Parkinson's patients at a local kickboxing gym.
11. Movie critic
I’ll admit it… I am a movie buff. I love a good escape from reality and binge watch the Oscar nominated films with my husband every year.
It’s something we both enjoy… so who is to say we can’t turn it into a hobby?
Channel your inner movie critic and set a date with your partner to watch a new movie every week… whether in the theaters or at home. Afterwards, write up a review and share it with each other before the next week’s screening.
Want to take it a step further?
Pick the best ones and create a Facebook page, website or blog dedicated to your movie reviews.
It’s a perfectly inexpensive date night idea!
12. Visit the Theater or Opera
Step away from the television and step into a story transformed before you on stage. There’s nothing quite like it… the movement, the lights, the music.
Most major cities offer Broadway quality shows and operas, some even at discounted rates for certain credit card holders.
Local playhouses also put on some wonderful productions, for a fraction of the cost.
Make a hobby out of culture and expose your relationship to a new sense of entertainment.
13. Sell something at a flea or farmers market
Have a collection you’re particularly proud of?
Or a knack for growing beautiful tomatoes?
Maybe you make the most delicious chocolate lollipops?
Why not take your talent to the masses and secure a table at a local flea or farmers market? You’ll get to spend time together, meet new people and maybe even make a little cash on the side.
What’s there not to like about that idea?
14. Roleplay[Insert my token “naughty” habit here].
Honestly, every relationship could use a little spice… sass… ooh la la… whatever it is you want to call it, from time to time.
No relationship is constantly “hot and heavy”.
If yours is… do share! Send tips to: PO Box Denial. Tired Town, NJ.
Roleplay is a fun hobby the two of you can participate in to liven up the lovin’ a bit.
One day each week, take turns leaving a note for each other with the name and description of a visitor who is planning to stop by.
This can be a nurse making a house call. A plumber fixing a leak. A teacher offering language lessons. An accountant completing an audit.
Don’t judge me.
Make it as wild or conservative as you’d like. Go out and buy an outfit for the occasion if you’re so inclined.
Hint: Halloween stores are great ways to stock up on outfits every year without feeling self conscious!
Just do it. Step out of your comfort zone and get a little crazy!
Creativity-Inspired Hobbies for Couples
15. Dance lessons
If you’ve always wanted to learn some fancy dance moves… the fox trot, waltz, tango… dance lessons are the perfect opportunity for you and your partner to do just that.
In addition to dance schools, you will often find classes at your local community center or YMCA for a fraction of the cost.
If getting there is an issue, you can try an online course… which is a great way to learn a new skill without feeling self conscious. Or at least until you get comfortable.
16. Painting/Sculpting/Wood Carving
Art studios offering paint, pottery and DIY woodworking classes for couples are fairly common these days. In fact, most will encourage you to bring your favorite libation to feed your inner genius.
So, if you’ve always wanted to awaken your artistic side, these places are the perfect “judgement free zones” to do it in.
If you’re still unsure, try hosting a paint party at your house with other couples. Canvases, brushes and paint can be purchased rather inexpensively at your local art supply store or on Amazon.
Whichever road you decide to travel, just be sure to take pictures and keep a scrapbook you can look back on down the road!
17. Music lessons
The music we choose to listen to is often a reflection of our mood. It can also serve as a powerful connection to memories.
But did you also know that taking music lessons as an adult can benefit brain function?
It is never too late to learn and challenge yourself.
Maybe one of you always wanted to play guitar… the other wanted to sing? So why not take lessons?
And before long, you’ll be jamming together by the firepit on a warm summer night.
18. Join a choir
Church choirs. Barbershop quartets. Jazz choirs. Theatre troops.
If you have a desire to sing in a choir… they are out there!
Google is a great place to start to find a choir in your area. Social media is another good place to turn to for opportunities.
You don’t necessarily need to sing well to join a choir. Experienced directors will work with you and determine the best place for your pitch and tone… rarely will they turn anyone away who wants to be there.
Photography is one of the best ways to capture and retain memories for the rest of your life.
Whether digital or print, photography is a powerful medium… especially for couples who wish to preserve precious moments in their relationship.
Taking a photography class, or just buying an entry level DSLR camera, is a great way to get started.
You can take pictures of each other, your kids, pets, nature, architecture… whatever your interests may be. Just make it a point to get out there together and snap away!
Then simply print them out and start a photo album.
20. Write a blog
Whether your relationship is fairly new… or ancient… you’ve probably got some insight to offer. Or some candid anecdotes.
Perhaps you have had a great experience on your last vacation, or dining in a new restaurant, and want to share your opinions with the masses?
Blogs are a great way to let your voice be heard… and the Internet is filled with tools to help you get started.
Instead, save the money and take your spouse out for coffee to discuss your next post!
21. Learn a new language
What’s better than hearing your partner say, “I love you”? Hearing them say it in another language?
Te quiero… je t'aime… ti amo… kocham Cię… ich liebe dich… tôi mến bạn.
Learning a new language is a great way to expand your communication with one another. It’s also a great incentive for future travel plans.
You can find classes at local language schools and universities if you prefer live interaction… but there are also proven online programs like Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur. The latter offers a 7-day free trial.
If flexibility and convenience is what you’re looking for, there are apps that allow you to learn on the go… like while you’re on the treadmill or the train ride to work.
Some of the apps, like Babbel, sync seamlessly with an online platform… making it easy to transition from on-the-go to in-home learning.
Fitness Hobbies for Couples
Keeping in shape is not only important for your health, but it’s important for your relationship.
Let’s be honest.
A physical attraction to one another played some part in the two of you getting together. And if fitness is important to you, it is likely important to your partner as well.
Exercise. Eating right. Everything in moderation.
So if you’re looking for something to do together… why not consider running?
Running is free.
Running can be done anywhere… and in almost any weather conditions.
Running is a great way to burn off steam, while burning calories. It’s also a great way to get some fresh air and take in the sights.
Even if you’re never done it, you can train your body to be a runner… especially with a partner.
Having a running buddy makes it so much easier to go the distance. And, if you find you’re really enjoying it, you can set your goals on a 5k.
5K races are easy to find throughout the year… and many of the proceeds from entry fees go to support a variety of charities or families in need. So you can pick the one that speaks to you and go for it!
Low impact workout. Check!
A fun way to get from Point A to Point B. Check!
Anybody who can ride a bike can do it. Check!
Mountain biking. Street racing. Cruising.
Biking is an ideal exercise for most people without serious physical limitations.
People with bad knees often find biking a nice alternative to running.
It’s also a great way to mix things up during your weekly workout and give your other joints a rest.
There is a reason golf is so popular among elderly people… and steadily climbing in popularity with Millenials.
Golf is relaxing.
Golf is social.
Golf is great exercise if you choose to walk the course instead of taking a cart. In fact, studies show a typical person can burn between 800-900 calories walking 18-holes… which is equivalent to walking about 4 miles at a brisk pace.
While it is not the cheapest of sports, it is readily available anywhere there isn’t snow on the ground… and definitely something you can enjoy together at your own pace.
I like to think of hiking as Walking 2.0.
The differences in elevation and terrain, as well as scenery, is what sets hiking apart… not to mention make it a great workout. But there are also different difficulty levels, associated with each hike.
Thanks to apps like AllTrails, available in the Google Play and App Store, hiking is now more accessible than ever.
The app allows you to search for hiking spots by city, park or trail name… and provides maps, difficulty level, distance, elevation gain, photos and hiker reviews.
Kickboxing is a great way to get out aggression… while burning as many as 1,000 calories per hour!
Unlike traditional boxing, the only impact your body will feel is what you choose to unleash on the heavy bag (about 125lbs). Jab, cross, hook, uppercut and kick your way to fitness with this amazing cardio and toning routine.
This entire body workout is safe for most people of all fitness levels, since there is no actual person-to-person contact.
Going to the gym together can do wonders for a couple.
Having a partner will help push you towards your fitness goals, as well as give you some time to chat about your day.
Whether you decide to talk while on the elliptical trainer, or over protein shakes in the cafe afterwards, sweating together will make it much easier not to sweat the small stuff life throws at you from time to time.
28. Fitness class
Spin class. Zumba. Cardio Kick. HIIT. Bootcamp. Crossfit.
Standalone fitness centers and gyms all over the world offer fitness classes that appeal to all sorts of people, of varying fitness levels.
Most of these places will even offer free trial classes or groupons to entice you to test the waters and see what suits you.
Finding a class that you both enjoy will increase the odds of you sticking with it… and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?
29. Martial arts
At its core, Martials arts is all about self defense and discipline; however, there are many different forms of martial arts.
Finding the one that best fits your style and preference may take some time… but once you’ve found a place to call home, you likely won’t ever want to leave.
The sense of empowerment and confidence you’ll gain as a couple will leave you ready to take on anything the world throws your way.
Ok, I’m about to fall asleep just thinking about this one.
Yoga is all about relaxation and flexibility. It’s about finding your calm and center.
There are different types of yoga, but the benefits are the same… namely weight loss, core strengthening, balance and mental clarity.
Indulgent Hobbies for Couples
Feeling “crafty”? Craft beers have consistently grown in popularity over the past few years… with brewers producing over 25 million barrels in 2018.
While it hasn’t hurt the beer giants, such as Budweiser or Coors, that much… it has opened people’s eyes to more complex flavors and broadened their brewing vocabulary.
Hops. So many types of hops….
With that said, craft beers also tend to cost more to consume… thus, paving the way from a home brewing hobby.
Brewing beer is an art… and one best done with a partner (even just to help clean out the bottles and tubes).
If you prefer grapes over hops, smooth over suds… the winemaking may be worth a consideration when choosing hobbies for couples.
Winemaking can be done at local vineyards, liquor stores offering classes… even at home.
And while the aging process typically takes a bit longer than brewing beer… the memories you’d be making together will be worth the wait.
Consider printing custom labels for your bottles, an homage to your love and life together.
33. Cooking class
Cooking classes are a wonderful way for couples to bond… not to mention, mix things up in the kitchen.
If you’re like me, you often feel stumped for fresh dinner ideas during the week. After all, who’s got time to prep and cook for hours after a long day at work… inbetween the kids’ football practice and dance class.
Taking a cooking class may be just the spark you need to ignite a creative cooking frenzy… at least on the weekends.
You may even want to think about starting a new tradition, revealing a surprise dish to your family or friends every Sunday.
Hey, crazier things have happened!
34. Food club
Think of a food club as an in-person recipe swap. One where you get together with other couples to present and taste dishes you’re particularly fond of… then share the recipes afterwards.
You can even take things a step further and create theme nights – challenging each couple to create a dish inspired by a particular place, or specific ingredients.
Relaxing Hobbies for Couples
35. Board game night
Board games rock!
I mean, you can throw as much technology as you want at me… but there is nothing quite like the laughter and surprises that comes from a good game of ScattergoriesⓇ™ or PictionaryⓇ™.
Organizing board game nights are a great way to socialize with your partner in a laid back atmosphere.
It is also one of the least expensive hobbies for couples, as you can do it from the comfort of someone’s home. BYOB and snacks… and you’ve got yourself a no-frills, fun time on your hands.
36. Book club
Whether an actual hardcover novel, or an audio book, reading is a relaxing hobby designed to spark conversation.
Books are meant to be discussed… and who better to do it with than friends? Consider joining (or forming) a book club with your spouse.
Start by setting an initial goal to meet once per month, where you can discuss something other than the kids and finances for a change.
37. Garden club
Fancy yourself as having a green thumb? Are the neighbors always stopping by to compliment you on your beautiful roses or perfectly ripe tomatoes?
Gardening is a great way to lift your mood, while taking and giving back to the earth. It promotes self-sustainability and beautification.
If you’re better at it than your spouse, teach them. Dig in and make it something you can do together.
Still skeptical (as in your friends refer to you as the houseplant killer)?
Stop by your local flower shop or home improvement store’s garden center for tips and free clinics.
38. Play a video game
Moments ago, I was touting board games as the best time ever. And I’m not taking that back. I love myself a good game of ClueⓇ™.
That being said… my kid brother is a video game enthusiast. I mean, the kind who has at least 5 video gaming systems (the last time I counted).
He and his partner enjoy playing together. They spend hours doing so, even play online with friends.
Video games can provide a nice escape from reality, giving you the opportunity to spend a little time as someone else.
Additionally, there are actual benefits to playing video games… such as puzzle solving skills, improved coordination and memory enhancement.
39. Learn to play chess or checkers
I like to think of playing chess or checkers as a quiet hobby.
You don’t need to force yourself into idle chit chat… instead, you can simply enjoy the quiet of being together while your brain decides its next move.
It’s a great stimulant for the mind and always poses a new challenge.
Birds are magnificent creatures… and they can be enjoyed anywhere and at any time.
However, if you know what you are looking for and where to look, it can go from a past time to a wonderfully relaxing hobby for you both.
The Audubon Society offers tips for getting started, as well as guides on where to look for species that are specific to a certain area.
The planet needs us to do our part in order to survive… and the children of today will look to us to teach them how.
Recycling, gardening, beach clean-ups, rainbuckets, composting.
Composting is a form of waste disposal where organic waste decomposes naturally under oxygen-rich conditions. In addition to food waste, yard waste (like grass clippings and leaves) can also be added to compost containers. These items will help increase decomposition and help reduce odor as materials break down.
Turning your mission to help the planet into a hobby is a great way to feel good about yourself – and each other.
42. Learn the Art of Massage
There are few things in this world as relaxing as a massage.
The feel of someone’s hands on your body, kneading your muscles… breaking up those knots… increasing your range of motion… releasing the stress away.
We don’t realize the effects stress can have on our bodies, our posture.
Massage is the art of release.
There are many different types of massage, depending on what it is you are looking for. They each serve a purpose and can be wonderful alternatives to medicine.
The downside is the cost.
If needed regularly (weekly or bi-weekly), massages can add up to as much as a car payment each month.
One of the best hobbies for couples is to learn the art of massage.
Take a course together online, or locally, and then practice on one another at home. It will be, hands down, one of the most relaxing and romantic hobbies you can pick up.
I know… if you had been married to a Chicago Cubs fan prior to 2016, watching a game with him (or her) was likely the opposite of relaxing.
And definitely not a hobby you were anxious to get involved with.
That being said, there is also something amazing about surrounding yourself with people who all feel the same highs and lows as you… when it comes to your favorite sports teams.
Enter, tailgating as one of the coolest hobbies for couples.
Many fan sites list tailgating party information… parking lot sections, group events, etc…. The more the merrier when tailgating among friends.
And even if your partner isn’t as big of a sports fan as you, they will likely not turn down the opportunity to have a few drinks and eat some tailgate fare.
Put your personal stamp on the day with a favorite fan-inspired dish.
Final Thoughts on Hobbies for Couples
If you’re one of the lucky ones in this world, you have found that special person to spend your days with.
Somebody who understands and supports you.
Somebody who can laugh and cry with you.
Somebody who just gets you… and has no desire to change you.
Life can move incredibly fast. And I promise, there will be times in your relationship when you look at each other and wonder, “how did we get here?”.
For better or worse, you’re in this together. You chose to be.
That is why it’s so important to choose to make each other a priority, so that you can deal with whatever life throws your way… as a team.
Choosing hobbies for couples that stimulate and engage you with one another is one of the best moves you can make to ensure the relationships lasts.
As a bonus, you may actually have a little fun… which you both deserve!
Nicole Krause has been writing both personally and professionally for over 20 years. She holds a dual B.A. in English and Film Studies. Her work has appeared in some of the country’s top publications, major news outlets, online publications and blogs. As a happily married (and extremely busy) mother of four… her articles primarily focus on parenting, marriage, family, finance, organization and product reviews.