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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 83 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.
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.
If you ever decide to go on a road trip, here are some road trip questions for couples to help you ease the boredom of long drives.
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.
10. Go Scuba Diving
Scuba diving lets you move freely underwater, and you feel part of the marine world with the deep blue sea. There’s the relaxing sound of the exhaust bubbles you create and the sounds of dolphins and other sea life.
Most people sign up for scuba diving because they want to have contact with a lesser known world. They also want to relax and leave all the stress of their busy lives up on the surface.
Best of all? You get to share these amazing experiences with your partner. You’ll have something to talk about on the ride home as you share what you saw and how you felt. This brings you closer together, strengthening your bond.
11. Jump off a Cliff
Yes, literally jump off a cliff – in a safe way, of course!
Jumping off a cliff, hand in hand with your partner, helps you forge a special bond. You take a leap of faith when you jump – in yourself and in each other. You conquer fear as a team when you jump together at the same time.
To name a few places you can go cliff jumping:
If you also like to travel, then why not combine this racy hobby with seeing the world? There are amazing places all over the world where you can go cliff jumping.
12. Take a Trapeze Class
My hubby and I recently signed up for a trapeze class (and no, we’re not running away together to join a circus or some fancy show on the Vegas Strip).
It was exciting and adrenaline-pumping. What I loved most was feeling free.
We had so much fun that we even signed up for a few more lessons, and then I also want to go for some trampoline and silks classes, and then do a combo class.
13. Go Rock Climbing
Another adrenaline-booster! And what a workout.
On a whim, I decided to try indoor climbing one day because it looked really interesting. I then dragged hubby with me for a few classes, and now we go rock climbing in the nearby mountains.
It’s exhilarating, and I love that while it’s an adventurous hobby for us to do together, rock climbing is also ideal to get a full body workout in.
14. Try Tandem Bungee Jumping
Tandem bungee jumping is the ultimate hobby for daredevils, and not for the fainthearted.
You and your partner are attached to each other and by the ankle cable to the bungee jumping platform. And without overthinking, you’ll take the leap or plunge. You’ll learn to trust each other even more during this activity.
The fear and the thrill will be something to talk and reminisce about for years to come.
15. Go Paint Balling
Planning your strategy with your partner.
Working together as a team.
Having fun and laughing.
Learning to trust each other.
These are just some benefits you’ll gain when you go paint balling with your partner.
Many people are worried about the safety of this activity and how much it hurts when a paintball hits you.
You’ll probably have a few bumps and bruises, and there may be a painful spot on your body depending on how fast the ball traveled and where it hit you. One study found that paint balling has 0.2 injuries per 1,000 players compared to the 2.4 injuries football has for every 1,000 players.
16. Surf the Waves
When you go surfing, it’s just you, your partner, your boards, the endless blue sky, and the vast ocean.
Surfing is a great mood enhancer and a therapeutic activity. You’ll feel calm while out in the ocean. You can simply let your worries and stress melt off you, onto your board, and “watch” as they disappear into the ocean.
You can accomplish a lot when you are out on the water, allowing you to feel proud of your partner. And they can feel proud of you too!
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.
18. 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!
19. 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.
20. 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?
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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”.
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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!
22. Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride
How romantic is it to be slowly soaring through the skies, holding your partner’s hand as you watch the sunset?
Coincidentally, the wind speed is the lowest at sunset, which is kinda the universe’s way of saying this is THE romantic activity for you.
Combine the hot air balloon ride with an anniversary, birthday, or special occasion (and every day is enough reason to be a special occasion), pop some bubbly, and simply enjoy the time (and views) with the love of your life.
23. Go Stargazing
The stars twinkling from above, you and your partner lying on picnic blankets, all snuggly and cuddly sounds super romantic, right?
You may not have time to enjoy stargazing every night, but make it a routine and romantic activity you enjoy when your little munchkins are in bed over the weekend. It’s time for you and your partner to decompress and have conversations.
The blanket of the night sky makes a person more contemplative of life, and it also strips off the societal, polished veneer we carry around to make us more open and honest.
You can ask your partner these 43 questions that will lead to interesting conversation, and if you need more questions, here are 371 deep questions.
24. Have a Picnic
Imagine an early morning picnic where you can watch the sunrise or a later afternoon picnic to watch the sunset?
How easily can a romantic sunset picnic turn into stargazing? Plus, as you chat and cuddle the night away, the sun rises, bringing with it a new day you can spend with your loved one.
You can even plan a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon picnic, pack a delicious lunch, and share a bottle (or even two) of wine while you and your partner just enjoy each other’s company.
My hubby and I have done a few sunset picnics that turned into watching the sunrise, and while everyday life is busy, we do make time for a lazy afternoon picnic (sometimes with the kiddos and sometimes just us).
25. Watch the Sunrise and Sunset
So before you think this is the same as a picnic or you and your special someone just sit and watch the sunrise or sunset, this isn’t your average couples’ hobby.
The idea of watching the sunrise and sunset is this:
- Choose a location to watch the sunrise.
- Spend the whole day together, indulging in your favorite activities. Cross off some items off your bucket list.
You can go to the local farmer’s market and sample items to have for breakfast. Then you can go explore a part of your city, town, or the country you haven’t before. You can also go shopping, or go to the movies.
- Make your way to where you want to watch the sunset. This can’t be the same spot from where you watched the sunrise, and the sunset-viewing location has to be as far apart from the sunrise area as possible.
So you get to spend the whole day together – without interruption – and do new things together. You’ll go to bed that night with gratitude in your heart.
26. Do a Spa Day
While you can certainly learn to massage each other (and I’ve got this as a relaxing activity you can do), what’s more romantic than going for a couple’s massage or even spending a whole day on a romantic spa getaway.
You’ll get to spend time in a romantic location – whether it’s the beautiful setting where the spa is located or the interior of the spa that oozes decadence and romance.
Then you can spend the whole weekend in absolute romantic bliss. Sounds heavenly, right?
Consider these amazing romantic spas:
27. Take a Bubble Bath Together
Bubble bath or Jacuzzi. Take your pick. Both are sure to get the romance in you going, and you get to relax too!
You need some candles or incense. Consider scents like amber and sandalwood, vanilla bean and cinnamon, neroli and musk, wisteria and jasmine, or tonka bean and rose.
Then put on some romantic music to play softly in the background, get some bathroom-safe champagne or wine classes, and a bottle of bubbly or wine, and you are all set for a romantic evening with your partner.
Creativity-Inspired Hobbies for Couples
28. 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.
29. 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!
30. 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.
31. 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. You can also create a couples vision board and use the photos as inspiration.
33. 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!
34. 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.
35. Try an Escape Room
What better way to explore your creativity with your partner than trying to escape from an escape room?
You and your special one work together to solve the escape room problems, and this is highly beneficial for real life. Life has ups and downs and twists and turns, and while you can navigate the deep waters of life alone, you have a partner.
It strengthens your bond if you work through the tough stuff and overcome obstacles together.
If you aren’t sure an actual escape room is for you, you can try a virtual escape room.
36. Attend a Ceramics Workshop
Bet you are thinking about that famous scene in Ghost? (Am I right?)
Well … you can definitely set up a ceramics station in your kitchen or garage if you want to re-enact the famous pottery scene between Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze.
But, if you want to train your creative brain and be artistic with your partner, sign up for a ceramics workshop.
Possibly the best part is that whatever you make at the ceramics class, you can take home and use. You’ll be reminded of how much fun you and your partner had each time the mug, vase, or plate is put to use.
37. Live Drawing Classes
Yeah, I also wondered what the heck.
Live drawing classes: sketching the human body with a live model as a guide.
You may not want your partner to look at a naked male or female figure, and they may not want you to.
If that’s the case, take a few online live drawing classes to understand the basics (if you want), and then you and your partner can sketch each other in the comfort of your home.
It’s bound to be fun, and you get to unleash your creativity. And who knows where you’ll end up (or on whom – wink, wink) once your drawing is done (or maybe even before)?
You and your partner can also have bucket loads of fun with tie-dying. You can tie-dye any material or fabric you can get your hands on – curtains, linen, T-shirts, pants, pjs, tablecloths, etc.
With a range of colors, you can create psychedelic designs.
You can even take your creative projects and sell them at the local market!
39. Adult Coloring
Coloring isn’t just for your kids. Coloring for adults is relaxing and helps you unwind after a stressful day at the office.
Adult coloring is an ideal creative hobby for you and your partner to enjoy in the evening after all the kids are in bed and before it’s your sleep time. While coloring, you can connect with each other, chatting about your experiences during the day or just sharing whatever thoughts come to mind.
40. Start Scrapbooking
You can really be creative when you scrapbook, using mementos from trips, postcards, photos, and various decorative elements to make a scrapbook come to life.
You and your loved one can choose to create a scrapbook about all the trips you’ve taken, your bucket list, your family, and goals and dreams you share.
While you scrapbook, you can talk about the theme or topic, share stories about your past, or tell your partner about an interesting dream you’ve had.
41. Candle Making
Candle making is another creative hobby you and your partner can take up. You can also sell extra candles at a local market, use them in your home, or give them away for birthday gifts.
Making candles doesn’t just mean you make the inexpensive, boring, white candles you buy everywhere.
You can really have fun with colors, shapes, and scents, and experiment to see what works and what doesn't.
Simply browsing a platform like Pinterest will give you tons of ideas, and with all the YouTube videos on candle making, you can easily set up shop and get started.
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 fun 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.
48. 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?
49. 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.
51. Go Horseback Riding
Horseback riding is great exercise, and this is a great couple’s activity.
You and your partner can go for lessons together. Then there’s also training rides and even trail rides that really test your endurance. But think of all the amazing memories you’ll have together that you can revisit and chat about?
If you are both passionate about horses and horse riding, why not consider getting two horses you can look after together? This joint-hobby ensures you spend time together, and there’s plenty of benefits in store for you!
52. Go Rucking
What the ruck?
Rucking is like walking or hiking, except you carry a heavy ruck or backpack with you. The ruck is usually filled with ruck plates, but you can fill up your backpack with any items from home.
Just ensure you pack your backpack properly to keep your back in an upright position. And use wide, padded shoulder straps and a hip belt while ensuring you maintain proper posture when you ruck.
Rucking is an excellent exercise you and your partner can do, and possibly best of all, you don't need to be fit to get started!
You can go rucking in your neighborhood, a local park, or even make a weekend trip and go ruck in a state or national park.
53. Play Squash
Have some anger issues? Need to blow off steam after a long and challenging day?
Or how about simply increasing your fitness, strength, cardio health, hand-eye coordination, agility, and flexibility?
A game of squash can do all of that for you, and who better to play with you than your partner? You’ll both feel great after an intense game where you hit the ball against a wall with a squash racket.
There’s a sense of accomplishment with this fast-moving sport, whether you and your partner play against each other or team up and play a match with friends.
54. Go Bowling
You can have a lot of fun bowling with your loved one while getting in some exercise too.
Sure, you won’t get all hot and sweaty while bowling so it may not feel like you are working out, but bowling is an anaerobic exercise that improves circulation, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and increases bone density.
You and your partner can make friends when you join a bowling team, so it’s a fitness activity you do together while still having the company of friends around.
55. Attend Virtual Fitness Classes
Want to exercise in the comfort of your yard, patio, or living room? Why don’t you and your partner consider attending virtual fitness classes, even following YouTube exercise videos, or joining Kayla Itsines’ Sweat, Fitness Blender, or a similar workout program?
There are even apps with guided fitness exercises that you and your loved one can follow along to. And while you can choose the same workout, you can also do different exercises depending on your fitness level and ability.
The biggest benefit (apart from working out) is that you get to work out together. And after a sweat-sess, you’ll both feel great.
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.
58. 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!
59. 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.
60. Have Breakfast in Bed
Doesn’t breakfast in bed sound like the ultimate indulgent hobby? Or do you associate “breakfast in bed” with something that happens on Mother's Day, or if you are lucky, on your birthday?
I say this should be a regular occurrence in your home. But how? You are thinking of everything that needs doing every day, how busy you are with the kids and getting them set up each day for the day ahead, how tired you are, and where’s the time for breakfast in bed?!
By regular, I mean breakfast in bed can be a weekly or bimonthly thing in your home. You and your partner can make turns cooking and serving breakfast.
Find a morning when the kids are still at a sleepover, or choose just 1-2 mornings a month when you get up before the whole house is awake to have breakfast in bed and enjoy your alone time.
The breakfast doesn’t need to be fancy or elaborate. And you can even prepare the meal the night before, or at least, get everything ready.
61. Grow a Vegetable, Fruit, or Flower Garden
Growing a veggie, fruit, or flower garden is definitely indulgent.
You and your partner can tackle this project together from the very beginning where you plan the “where,” the “what,” and the “how” of the garden.
Shop for the supplies you need as a team, and set everything up together too. You can choose a morning where you can start planting, and make it a routine to check on the progress of your garden a few times a week.
When it’s harvest time, you can both go and pick the fruits and veggies of your labor and use the pickings in meals that you cook and enjoy together.
62. Engage in a Messy Activity
Yeah, so not that kind of messy (or this would be in the romantic couple’s hobbies section).
This kind of messy isn’t the norm for most people. It’s an opportunity for your inner child to come out and play and have fun. You and your partner can feel free while you engage in a messy activity.
So what’s a messy activity?
Choose a date night (or day), and decide which of these you’d like to do:
- Play in the mud
- Paint each other
- Have a paint fight
- Have a water fight
- Throw paint at canvas
- Have fun in a kiddie pool filled with shaving cream
63. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Indulge your inner child with your loved one and go on a scavenger hunt.
The clues you find on the treasure hunt will eventually lead you to “X marks the spot.”
There are virtual scavenger hunts you and your special someone can join, or see if you can sign up for one in your local town/city or when you travel.
On a treasure hunt, you’ll learn how to communicate with your partner even more, you’ll get to know each other, and you’ll connect more with each other as you work as a team.
64. Visit a Karaoke Bar
Even if you aren’t a good singer, we all have a little bit of a singer in us – like jamming to your favorite band in the shower or car ride.
So plan a fun night out with your partner, starting with dinner and some drinks (see it as liquid courage if you need some). Then go visit a karaoke bar, choose a song each you can serenade the other with, or even pair up and sing a duet!
If you are gun-shy, see if there’s private karaoke rooms you can rent, or set up a karaoke station in your living room for a night of pure indulgent music fun.
65. Go to Slam Poetry Nights
Why not find your inner poet and join a slam poetry group? Even if you don’t write poems or want to read and perform your poems in front of a live audience, you and your partner can have a fun night.
After the poetry session, there’ll be plenty of topics for you to talk about.
66. Attend Music Festivals
Indulge in your love for music by attending music festivals and performances?
Check where local artists are performing, and enjoy your date night with dinner and music.
And when you can, go to a big musical festival to see chart-topping artists perform your favorite songs.
67. Have Fun With Mixology and Creating Cocktails
Crafting new cocktails can be a lot of boozy fun.
You can connect with your partner as you mix various drinks and flavors together, and you can meet other friends too who share your love for cocktails.
68. Play Laser Tag
Excitement, the thrill of the chase, exercise, teamwork, victory, strategy, and indulging your inner child are some of what you can expect when you play laser tag with your partner.
Work as a team to tick off your “enemies” and be crowned laser tag queen and team. “Teamwork makes the dream work,” both in the laser tag arena and in real life.
Relaxing Hobbies for Couples
69. 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. (If you're looking for more inspiration, check out our roundup of the best home date ideas.)
70. 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. (This can be a great hobby for long-distance couples.)
71. 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.
72. 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.
73. 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.
76. 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. (If you have anxiety, try these hobbies instead.)
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.
78. Go to an Adventure Park
An adventure park is for kids and adults so don’t just think that it’s a place where you take the kiddos to for fun.
You can have fun playing carnival games, ride the Ferris wheel, pull faces and show how in love you are in the photo booth, buy a memento, and dig into funnel cakes and ice cream.
While an adventure park is all about adventure, it is also an opportunity for you and your loved one to have a relaxing day.
79. Explore a New City
You can explore a new city in a relaxing way. Don’t have a list of must-do activities, and don’t work on a schedule.
Simply take the day as it comes. If you see something interesting, then go check it out. Take photos of landmarks and the usual, and don’t forget to snap a few photos of you and your partner too.
While you explore a new city, it’s just you and your partner, following the road where it takes you.
80. Crazy Golf, Anyone?
If you get super competitive and worked up when your ball doesn’t go where you want it to go, then crazy golf may not be a relaxing activity, even though your partner (if they aren’t also competitive) may certainly have fun while laughing at you – in a loving way.
But if you and your special someone go to the crazy golf course to simply hang out and swing some balls around, then crazy golf can totally be relaxing. Because it isn’t what you do that matters (or even if you win); it’s the time spent with your partner that matters.
81. Build Puzzles
Building puzzles can help you unwind, improve your memory, and give you time to bond with your partner.
Once the puzzle or jigsaw puzzle is completed (and you can even go for a challenging one with 30,000 to 50,000 pieces), you and your partner will feel such a sense of accomplishment.
And just think, you can celebrate your win too.
82. Meditate Together
Meditating has a host of benefits like managing your stress levels, focusing on the present, and increasing self-awareness if you practice alone. But you can also meditate with your partner to strengthen your bond as you can focus on your relationship on a spiritual level.
You’ll also feel more at one with each other.
You and your loved one can choose to practice loving-kindness meditation, guided meditations, or even visualizing meditations.
83. Create Origami
Creating origami lets you be creative while you relax. As you and your partner practice the art of folding paper to create various simplistic and intricate designs, your stress will melt away.
You can chat while you practice origami or listen to some music, and share your creations with each other.
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 and share your core values.
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!
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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.