5 Retirement Hobbies to Keep You Active

One of the best things about retirement is that you have time to pick up a hobby. If you spent years in the workforce or raising a family, you probably had very little time for yourself. Well, now is the time to do something fun - just for you. Besides that, having a hobby is a fantastic way to socialize and meet new friends, and if you get really good, you might even be able to generate some extra cash. To find classes you might be interested in, ask your friends, check out the local community college, or search online for private lessons. We’ve listed our top five favorites to give you some ideas to get started.

Learn to sculpture

Sculpting is a beautiful art form which covers many mediums like clay, plaster, stone, wood, metal, and resin. Each different material has its own technique and look. You’ll probably be able to find a class nearby for clay or plaster, but the other materials, are a bit less traditional and instruction is harder to come by.


When you’re looking around for a class, you may come across ceramics lessons, so take a look to see if it’s something you think would be fun. Both pottery and ceramics are similar because they have four steps which consist of forming, firing in the kiln, decorating or glazing, and firing again.

Learn to draw or paint

Whether you’ve been drawing or painting for years or have never picked up a sketching pencil or brush, this is a top hobby that retirees absolutely love. One of the reasons is that you can create memories of places you’ve been (landscape), or friends and family (portraiture), or something entirely of your own making. If you’re first starting out looking for a hobby with no experience in either art form you might consider taking a beginning class of each. That way, you can compare to see what you enjoy the most. Invite your spouse or a friend to come with you to add even more fun.


If you’re more interested in a hobby just to have fun and socialize, in places like Florida there are “paint and sip” classes which are a combination of wine tasting and painting. These classes are super popular, so see if you have anything like that available in your area. 


Learn to cook

Even if you’re an accomplished chef, you may want to expand your culinary skills into other cuisines like Italian, Mexican, Vegetarian, or Thai. If you’ve never ventured into the kitchen, now is the time. Cooking classes are so much fun, and they are a great way to meet new people. You can find instruction at local community colleges, adult education, or cooking stores.


If you’d prefer to stay home and take an online class, one of the best websites to check out is MasterClass.com. You can learn from the best like Gordon Ramsay, or Aaron Franklin for down-home Texas barbeque.


Regardless of cuisine type, make sure your space is ready for your new skills. Del Webb’s modern kitchen design helps guarantee you have the space you need to explore your new hobby.

Learn a new language

Travel is one of the favorite ways active retirees like to spend their time, and when visiting a foreign country, there is nothing better than knowing the language and being able to communicate effectively with the locals. Just that one skill can make the difference between an OK vacation or a fabulous one.


For example, if you’re traveling to Mexico, of course, knowing how to speak Spanish is a must. For the Orient, you should learn Mandarin, which is the official language for Taiwan and China. If you’re part of a local travel club ask your friends how they learned a foreign language. RosettaStone is a popular subscription program available through Costco or Amazon.

Learn a musical instrument

The two most loved and easier to learn instruments are piano and guitar. You should have no trouble at all finding a class nearby. If you’re a complete beginner, it’s a good idea to start with a private one-on-one class to learn the basics. You can also learn the fundamentals of piano basics on MasterClass from jazz legend Herbie Hancock or how to play guitar from Carlos Santana.


After you have that under your belt, you might want to search around for group lessons which are much less expensive.


If you don’t have a guitar or piano, it’s pretty easy to find a used one. For a piano, you can even rent one until you know if that’s the right hobby for you. Knowing how to play a musical instrument well can make you the center of attention and life of the party!



The joys of retirement are immense, especially when you’re in an active community with lots of friends to socialize with. And, even if retirement is a few years away, there is never a bad time to pick up a new hobby with other active adults at a Del Webb community.



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Contributed to The 55+ Society by Carol Youmans

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Published 7.11.19

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