If you're always on the lookout for the best hobbies for men, this post is for you.

I've written a bunch of lists of hobbies so I know how important hobbies are to become the man you've always wanted to be. So... to help you out, we’ve provided some men's hobby ideas here.

Let's start.


25 Best Fun Hobbies for Men

If you are looking for something to choose right out of a hat and get to it, this is the list for you.

Browse through and find something that really speaks to you.

1. Spear Fishing

Spearfishing is much more like a hunting game than traditional fishing with a line.

When you spearfish, you actually become an underwater hunter… using a spear gun, you hunt fish as large as 20 pounds.

Of course, to a lot of guys, the best part of this hobby is eating the hobby's end result (and knowing that the more you practice, the better you hunt... and the more delicious fish dinners you eat).

But remember this:

Spearfishing is still fishing, so you’ll need a fishing license before you start.

2. Martial Arts

Martial arts (judo, jujutsu, taekwondo, krav maga, etc.) are ancient forms of fighting/self-defense, and usually originate from Asian countries.


Not only are most martial arts an incredible full-body workout (which is why so many gyms have classes based on them)... but they provide other benefits, too:

  • A highly practical skill. Of course, as a general rule, you should avoid a fight… but if you can’t, martial arts training will give you the ability to defend yourself.
  • Mental stimulation. Most martial arts styles require high levels of strategy to beat your opponent. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has even been called “human chess” (indicating the incredible amount of mental concentration it takes).
  • Tight-knit social communities. When you train with the same men every day, literally putting your blood and sweat into it, you develop a sort of brotherhood. I personally haven’t found any other activity that can create the bonds that martial arts can.


There are many forms of martial arts… and if you’re not sure what martial art style you should practice, check out our post on the 7 Most Effective Martial Arts for Self Defense.

3. Car Racing

Does it get any more manly than racing cars? There are probably plenty of tracks around to tear up some road and release your need for speed. Take your favorite car out, get behind the wheel, and bask in the freedom that only going fast can give. It's a manly thing to do when you've got the time to yourself.

4. Offroading

Offroading is exactly what it sounds like: navigating rough, rocky, uneven, muddy terrain off the paved roads.

It’s one of the most fun hobbies for men since it combines so many things we love:

Cars, outdoors, challenges, and even a little danger.


It’s easy to start off-roading, but not easy to master it... you can start right now if you have a truck, jeep or SUV (with all-terrain tires), but there’s a high likelihood of rolling, flipping, or even breaking your vehicle (though for most guys, that’s the fun part). 

Be sure to research the location you plan to navigate, to ensure your vehicle can handle it, and always go with multiple vehicles to get you out of a tight spot (literally).

5. Hiking


Hobbies don’t always have to be skills that you learn…

…they can simply be something you do that makes you happy.


Hiking doesn't require you to learn a new skill, but it's one of the best ways to exercise and experience nature’s beauty... in fact, many mountain tops or lakes deep in a forest, are only accessible if you hike, mountain bike or horseback ride to them.

Here’s the bottom line:

Hiking is an incredibly simple hobby that any man can do. It gives you great exercise, lets you experience new places, and can even be a highly social hobby (or great date idea!).

6. Firearm Enthusiast

If it isn’t fast cars, it’s got to be guns, right? What else could be a more straightforward manly way to spend your free time?

Sharpen your aim at a firing range, demonstrate your knowledge by browsing through a catalog... Live through famous historical battlefields through first-person shooter games. This could be the best hobby for someone who really loves guns.

7. Skiing/Snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding are winter’s most popular sports… mostly because they’re incredibly fun, a good workout, and can be a challenge for anyone (even men who’ve done it for years).


The main downside to these winter sports as a hobby is that they can get expensive…

…but if you have a few dollars to spare, these can be a hobby/adventure that you can improve on for years.

8. Fencing

Fencing is an ancient form of sword fighting... but instead of thick, iron broadswords, fencers use thin stainless steel swords (called foils).


Fencing is a highly competitive and strategic sport that’s also an incredible workout.

There are two main types of fencing:

  1. Classical fencing, designed to look like an actual sword fight
  2. Sport (Olympic Style) fencing, which is a competitive sport

Both styles combine strategy, athleticism, and technique… making it a great hobby for men to try.

9. Windsurfing

Wind, sun, exercise: windsurfing has it all. You’ll be at the beach. You’ll look good. You’ll work on your balance. It’s just plain cool. An ideal hobby for someone who loves summer.

10. Bouldering

Bouldering is a more extreme form of rock climbingyou scale smaller rocks (under 15ft.) with no ropes attached. It can feel like a much more natural way to climb… and it's a fun, extreme hobby for adventurous men.


Just like rock climbing, you can boulder indoors, in a climbing gym, or outdoors on an actual boulder.

But remember:

If you’re bouldering outdoors (unsupervised), always climb with friends and crash pads.

11. Backpacking

When you backpack, you carry everything you need to survive in the wilderness on your back. It’s a hobby that combines minimal living with outdoor adventure.


Backpacking can last a few days (backpack camping) or up to a few months (backpack traveling).

No matter how short/long you live with just the supplies you can carry, you’ll definitely be experiencing something new.

12. Sports – Refereeing

For those of us born with a love of sports but no skill to play them, refereeing still lets you be part of the game. If you like sports but don't want to get into fantasy sports, this can be a way to still get in the thick of it without all the possibility of injury involved.

13. Motorcycling

Motorcycling is an incredibly manly hobby: it’s fun, challenging, freeing, and a little dangerous.

And it gets better:

You can buy a decent motorcycle for around $1000, and it doesn’t take much practice to ride well.

Plus, there’s a lot of practical value to owning a motorcycle. They’re one of the most gas-efficient ways to get around, parking is incredibly easy, and you can make riding a social activity.

14. Horseback Riding

Horseback riding allows you to truly get in touch with nature… not only by being outside, but by depending on a (formerly) wild animal to get you around.


Owning a horse is pretty expensive, so it’s a good idea to practice with a horse at a stable near you. There you’ll be able to ride with an experienced rider, and see if it’s something you really enjoy.

15. Reviewing Gadgets

This is something we really love here at Mantelligence. You get to play with new toys and help others pick the best ones. Finding a great deal and talking about it... It's our job to let you get the most out of what you want to buy.

 16. Flying Model Planes

There’s just something so cool about the way that planes move through the air. And a model plane is a great way to enjoy the miracle of flight in miniature form. Plus… you get to control everything with your remote.

What’s not to love, right?

And check it out:

There’s a huge range of models for every budget.

You can get everything from a miniature prop plane to an actual jet-fuel-powered model F-16. (Editorial note: this is a link you can use for a video) Imagine piloting that thing around while doing cool loops and barrel rolls.

17. Boxing

Boxing is a great hobby for a few reasons:

  • It’s manly. There’s definitely rugged masculinity in learning how to fight with your fists, right?
  • It builds confidence. Boxing is a great form of self-defense. And knowing that you could fight if you had gives you a sense of security.
  • It’s a great workout. After all, boxing is an intense full-body exercise.

And boxing is a manly tradition that dates back thousands of years. So why not step into the ring and try a few rounds?

18. Bartending

There’s no better way to meet interesting people and have some great adventures than handing out drinks and seeing what happens. It's an excellent way to meet potential friends and have valuable conversations with them.

19. Using Ham Radio

Being an amateur radio enthusiast involves using airwaves to transmit messages to other enthusiasts around the world.

And there’s a big community of people to talk to or get involved with. They even have their own technical language… but they are always willing to help new people get into ham radio.

And a supportive community and valuable skills are always great when it comes to choosing your hobby.

Just remember:

You do need a license in most places to operate an amateur radio broadcast.

20. Running

Running is one of the easiest hobbies to start… all you need is a pair of running shoes.

But check this out:

Running is also one of the healthiest hobbies, both physically and mentally. Physically, it can:

  • Build stronger muscles source
  • Help you lose weight via burning calories source
  • Lower your risk of developing blood clots source
  • Boost your immune system (you’ll get sick less often) source

Mentally, it can:

  • Significantly reduce stress source
  • Reduce the risk of depression through the secretion of hormones source

Not bad for one hobby, right?

21. Wine Making

It takes some knowledge, skill, and time, but the final product is worth it. Think of all the great evenings you can have sharing your own wine. The best part of this hobby is that it doesn't take too much effort - it allows you to focus on other things at the same time.

22. Hunting

Hunting is something that men have done since the beginning of human history. It’s primal. And it’s a great way to get in touch with your manly roots.

It’s also a rewarding hobby that you can share with your family. Lots of guys have memories of hunting with their dads or grandfathers. And that’s something you can pass along to your own kids or grandkids.

Just remember:

Always get the right tags and permission before you start hunting.

23. Practicing Survival Skills

The skills you need to survive in the wild are ones that men used to depend on to make it through the day. And that’s a tradition that most guys have forgotten. And think about it:

Aren’t those the kind of skills you want to learn?

Developing basic survival skills is an awesome way to get out in nature and be part of keeping those traditions alive for another generation.

And you get the confidence of knowing that you could survive anywhere.

24. Airsoft

Fun, exciting, daring, and yet completely harmless in the end, it’s a great way to get out in nature and play. An excellent hobby if you have a large group of friends you can form teams with.

25. Surfing

Surfing isn’t a hobby as much as it’s a lifestyle. Once you get a taste of surfing you’ll find that it’s hard to stop. There’s just something about flying over the water on a board that leaves you wanting more. Not to mention the fact that it can be a great date idea.

And surfing is not only a ton of fun… but a great workout as well.

It combines the cardio of swimming with the core work out of balancing on a surfboard.

Think about it:

It’s a great workout that’s so fun you don’t want to stop.

What’s not to love about that?

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29 Hobbies for Men That You Can Make Money From

Some people struggle to stick with a hobby because they want more from it than just the activity.

Basically, they want hobbies that make money. Well, if that’s what you’re looking for, you’re in luck. Try a few of these and have a blast while making a little cash.

26. Taking Paid Surveys

Tell people what you think and get some money for it. You may even get some free samples out of it. Answer honestly and succinctly, and you may find yourself earning quite a penny.

27. Distilling

Imagine being able to produce your own unique, delicious scotch or bourbon... well, distillation allows you to do exactly that.

There are three steps to distillation:

  1. A liquid (usually beer or wine) is heated until the alcohol in it becomes a gas, and rises
  2. The gas that rose in step one is then cooled, condensing it back into liquid form
  3. This condensed liquid is collected, giving you a distilled version of the liquid in step one

In other words, distilling an alcoholic beverage, like beer, turns it into a liquor (by taking the alcohol percentage from around 5% to 40%).

Distilling can be insanely fun, especially if you create and test your products with friends... but there is a catch: by federal law, distilling alcohol at home without a permit is technically illegal.

28. Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing is the ancient art of forging metal into a usable form. During the medieval period, the blacksmith was the heart of a village… making swords, armor, and farm tools for the people.


Modern-day blacksmiths still command a lot of respect, but mostly through producing custom metal pieces and fine art.

The fact that blacksmithing is somewhat of a lost art makes it an even better hobby… because I can guarantee those very few men you know can create beautiful things out of metal with their bare hands.

29. Public Speaking

You can share what you know about the world, help some people find themselves, and make some money while you’re at it. Practice your speech skills at home, then head out into the world with a few wise words for everybody.

30. Programming

For the computer whizzes out there, computer programming is a fun way to code constructively, and for some extra income. The best part about this hobby is that you can do it from the safety of your own home!

31. Woodworking

Here’s something we can both agree on:

There aren’t many hobbies that are manlier than shaping wood into something useful with your hands. Here’s why:

Real, classic men throughout history have been able to provide for loved ones with nothing but their hands. They could build cabins, furniture, wagons, etc. out of simply trees. What’s classically manlier than that?

And there’s another benefit to woodworking:

It can easily turn into a side business, or even a career like cabinetry or interior finishing… earning money, in the manliest way.

 32. Home Brewing

Home brewing is exactly what it sounds like: the process of making your own beer at home.

Pretty awesome, right?

Here are a few reasons why brewing your own craft beer at home is such a great hobby for men:

  1. It’s relatively easy to get started
  2. You can creatively combine ingredients to make unique brews, specific to your tastes
  3. The end product is delicious, refreshing beer


When you start home brewing, I recommend buying a pre-made starter kit like this one. These kits are pretty inexpensive and come with the equipment, ingredients, and instructions you need for your first brew.

The best part of home brewing?

Unlike distilling your own spirits, it's completely legal.

33. Proofreading and Editing

For those of us who actually enjoyed studying grammar in school, this is a great way to make money while getting some reading in. Editing and proofreading is important for any group that's in the business of exchanging words, like social media and writing blogs.

34. Investing

You probably think investing is way too complicated to be a hobby, right? But look: It’s a lot easier than you think.

And there are so many ways to invest like:

    • Real Estate. Buying property is a great way to invest. Real estate usually increases in value and you can rent it out for extra cash.
    • Buying stock is another good investment… since stocks can really take off, giving you huge returns.

Just remember that learning how to invest is always a good idea. I mean think about itwhat other hobby lets you develop these kind of powerful financial skills?

35. Lock-Picking

Lock picking is a hobby that combines the satisfaction of developing a unique skill with a sense of adventure. It's an exciting hobby, for sure... What sort of situations can you find yourself getting in or out of?


It’s really tough to pick a lock… especially these days with all their security features.

But being able to do it anyway makes it all the more impressive. And having that skill makes you feel like no matter what kind of situation you got into… you’d have the skills to get yourself out.

Just remember:

Never use your lock-picking skills to break into anything that doesn’t belong to you.

36. Graphic Design

If grammar wasn’t your thing but art was, try your hand at some part-time graphic design to get your art out there. Pictures can be worth more than a thousand words, and this is your chance to prove it.

37. Building Electronics

This site talks a lot about developing classic manly skills… but what that really means is that it’s important to learn the skills that make you a useful and well-rounded personand learning how to fix and build electronics is one of those new, vital skills for this day and age.

There’s a ton of cool stuff you can do once you learn the basics of circuitry.

You can rig your house up to do things like turn the lights on for you… and even build your own gadgets or robots.

38. Coding

Learning to code computers is an extremely powerful thing in this age of technology. But while it might seem complicated at first… it’s like any other skill that you can learn with time.

And check this out… There’s a ton of stuff you can do with some basic coding skills:

  • Write a computer program to automate boring parts of your job.
  • Develop your own apps.
  • Build your own games.

Plus… once you master coding those possibilities open up even more. In fact… an expert coder can do amazing things with the right code.

39. Tattooing

Another way to use your artistic skills and leave a permanent artistic mark on someone. It’s something they’ll never forget. Use the human body as your canvas and create some unique art.

40. Coaching

You can make a surprisingly good amount of money coaching kids in a sport you love. Teaching youngsters about physical activity can help improve their health, too. If they perform well, you can even start training them professionally!

41. Practicing Photography

Photography is a skill that’s easy to pick up…but takes a long time to master. Anyone can pick up a camera and start snapping photos. But to really become a master photographer (which means learning how to play light and filters to get incredible photos) takes a lot of practice.

But here’s the thing:

The practice is still a lot of fun.

And you can still capture great memories or beautiful moments while you hone your skills.

42. Ceramics

Ceramics is a truly hands-on art form, where you can create something three-dimensional (that can be both beautiful and useful).


There are many forms of ceramics, but the most popular is probably wheel throwing... shaping clay with your hands, on a spinning wheel. You can make objects like bowls, candlesticks, or decorative items.

Here's a tip for men who want to try ceramics:

Kilns (the furnaces used to dry and harden ceramic art) can be overly expensive to buy, so look for a local hobby center or ceramic/pottery studio. Many will let you dry your projects in their kiln for a fee, plus you’ll meet other artists in a social setting.

43. Landscaping

Get outside, enjoy the weather, make nature a little more beautiful, and make a good bit of money while you’re at it. Landscape artists use the earth itself as their canvas, creating beautiful scenery pleasing to the eye.

44. Stone Working

Stoneworking is the art of shaping stone with traditional hand tools. You’re also using ancient techniques that men have been using for thousands of years. But here’s the thing:

There are so many incredible things that you can make with those ancient stone working techniques.

You can make ornate stone art or tilesOr even make decorative handles for tools. And here’s the best part:

You can easily make a lot of money as a master stone carverSelling your work to make a living in an incredibly manly way.

45. Making Electronic Music

Making electronic music is a hobby that combines a chance to develop musical skills with an opportunity to learn more about computers. And basically, you’ll take programs on a computer and use them to create complex beats and bass dropsmaking them into songs.

It’s an awesome way to be creative and if you’ve ever struggled to learn a musical instrument but still want a way to make musicthen electronic music is probably for you.

46. Bargain Hunting

If you like looking for bargains, find the best ones, then sell what you don’t keep to finance the next hunt. Learn about the best deals and sell what you find for a steal!

47. Furniture Making

So much of the furniture we use these days is cheap and mass-produced. That’s why antique furniture is so valuable.

It speaks to a tradition of craftsmanship that’s hard to find these days. But check this out:

What if you could make things yourself that would be antiques one day?

Making furniture by hand is not only a manly hobby that can become a careerbut it’s also a way to leave your own mark on history.

48. Theatre Acting

Acting on the stage is a chance to get a sense of the thrill of performing. And you get to bond with a troupe of local actors. Plus… it’s easy to get into since local theaters always need talent. Do you have the chops to become the next big star?

And I get it:

You might be afraid of freezing up… that’s what stage fright is.

But moving past your barriers and becoming a stronger person is what a good hobby is all about.

49. Refinishing Furniture

Use your hands, return the elegance to beautiful objects, then sell them on to new, appreciative owners at a nice profit. It can be a nice leisure activity while still being able to earn you some decent bucks.

50. Blogging

Blogging is a great way to start sharing your thoughts with the world. Simply put:

It’s about finding something that appeals to you and starting a personal space on the web that speaks about it.

It lets you engage with followers from around the worldand can even be a good way to make money.

 51. Making Videos

Making your own videos is a great way to spend some time with your friends. You can exercise your creative muscles and practice your acting chops at the same time. And the videos you make are a great way to capture memories for a lifetime.

But here’s the best part:

If you can create good enough content… you can totally turn filmmaking into a career.

52. Metal Detecting

Metal detecting is all about the thrill of finding valuable things that others leave behind. And even if you don’t find anything that’s worth a lot of money… there are still plenty of interesting possibilities.

You can find antique coins or Civil War bullets. And tinkering with the detector gives you a new skill to learn.

And here’s the thing:

Hunting for hidden objects is always a ton of fun.

53. Upholstery

You can update furniture, give it your own particular style, and then get it settled in someone else’s house. Plus, isn't it a show of manliness, being able to give new life to something with just your hands?

54. Podcasting

Have you ever dreamed of having your own radio show? Well here’s the thing:

Podcasting is like having a radio show that can reach way more people.

Podcasts can be downloaded by anyone at any time… so there’s a huge potential audience for your show. And it’s so easy to get started. All you have to do is record an episode and send it to iTunes.

And here’s the best part:

If you get enough listeners you can start advertising on your show for extra income.

27 Hobbies for Couples, That Men Still Like

One of the best ways to keep a relationship strong is to find things you both like to do together.

Finding hobbies for couples that men are as enthusiastic about as women make it all the more likely you’ll both stay invested in the activity, and therefore both stay invested in each other.

55. Archery

A bow and arrows are very primal weapons. Archery fed families for centuries before we were able to walk into a store and buy food, or even use guns to hunt.


You probably won’t ever need archery skills to find food (though if you ever do, you’ll be very grateful for learning), but hunting isn’t the reason you should pick up archery:

Do it because it’s fun.

56. Golfing

Golf is a great hobby for men because it’s a simple concept to grasp (like pool), and doesn’t require as much energy as running/biking.


If you’ve never golfed before, I highly recommend taking a few lessons... because while the game is simple, almost no one is a good golfer at first. You need training.

After you’re a good golfer, you can have a social hobby that you can continue for most of your life.

57. Participate in Social Work

Spending your time doing some good for the world is a great way to forge a stronger, more outwardly focused relationship. People will come to depend on you and be grateful for the good your work brings.

58. Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is one of the more extreme sports on our list of hobbies (and one of the more extreme workouts).

Riding up rough mountain terrain is much more difficult than riding up a nicely paved street…

…and riding down the mountain, you gain speed quickly, and face uneven terrain and blind corners. Pretty extreme, right?

But here’s the thing:

If you’re not looking for an extreme sport, you can enjoy milder mountain biking for fun, social exercise, and beautiful views.

59. Cooking

Cooking is fun, simple to learn, and instantly rewarding (cooking means you get to eat, right?)

With that:

Cooking is also an incredibly important hobby for men because it makes us self-sustaining. A true man doesn’t need a restaurant, or significant other, to feed himself. He only needs fresh ingredients, heat, and utensils.


When you’re first getting started, cook from recipes (instead of making it up). Recipes teach you how to make a dish, and also basic cooking skills, and how flavors work together.

For a lot of great recipes, check out this site.

60. Scrapbooking

It’s a creative way to go back over your memories together. Cherished moments live longer when immortalized in a photo, and creating a big scrapbook is an easy, fun way to go down memory lane.

61. Geocaching

Geocaching is an awesome way to spend a Saturday. It combines the fun of navigating your way around an unfamiliar area with the challenge of a scavenger hunt.

Here’s how it works:

You go online to a geocaching website and find GPS coordinates for a hidden cache. Then you use a map to find your way to that place and find the cache. Afterward, you record your name in the cache… joining all the other people who found that cache.

And the best part is that it’s a hobby that helps you get moving (and challenges your mind too).

62. Traveling

There are very few hobbies that can teach you more than traveling.

Think about it:

You learn new cultures. New languages. New foods. You see new, incredible places and learn new skills there. You can change your perspective of the world.


The main reason men don’t travel is that it can get expensive. So if you want to travel but don’t have a lot of money, plan a small trip… even just to another state. Traveling/experiencing new places doesn’t have to mean overseas… you can learn more about the world by experiencing any new place.

63. Chocolate Making

Is there a more delicious way to spend time together? Just imagine how much fun the taste tests are. It's a great way to prepare for Valentine's Day, too. Make something sweet and sensational for that special someone.

64. River Rafting/Kayaking

River rafting is a hobby that can be a way to relax and enjoy nature

or a way to give yourself an insane adrenaline boost.

Either way, successful rafting requires timing, endurance, and good communication with your fellow raft members.

But… look:

Until you really know what you’re doing, don’t raft/kayak alone. Rivers are unpredictable/dangerous and should be approached with extreme caution.

65. Ballroom Dancing

Women want a man who can dance with them… making ballroom dancing one the most attractive hobbies to women who dance.

Besides that, it’s an insanely fun hobby, that’s active and social.

There are quite a few ballroom dances:

  • Foxtrot
  • Tango
  • Waltz
  • Swing
  • Mambo

Each is completely unique style… no two dances are the same.

If you’re interested in ballroom dancing but aren’t sure which dance to start with, watch YouTube videos of the different dances and see which one is the most appealing to you.

66. Community theater

Ever harbor a dream of being an actor? Experience the thrill of the stage together while also making new friends and putting on a great show. You could even become the star of the show!

67. Practicing Yoga

Yoga might seem like a hobby that you associate with girls.

But here’s the thing:

Yoga isn’t just something for women.

It’s an ancient tradition that combines mastery over your body with an emphasis on calming your mind. The best way to describe it is that it’s like meditating while working out.

And there’re a lot of benefits like added flexibility and a more developed core.

So don’t let stereotypes let you miss out on a great hobby like yoga.

68. Becoming A Film Buff

Everyone enjoys a good movie… But think about it:

How many people really know about the technical aspects of movie-making?

But that’s what being a film buff is about. You’ll learn all about the techniques used in movie making and the trends and artistic themes.

And you get to watch all the classic films you’ve never seen.

69. Museum/Art Gallery Hopping

Whether you’re both great lovers of art or just interested novices, you can find out a lot about each other by taking in all the museums in your area. Enrich yourself by diving into the beautiful history of the most famous of paintings and sculptures.

70. Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is an incredibly fun, challenging sport that requires a lot of physical strength (making it one of the most badass hobbies on our list).


Even though rock climbers are usually anchored to the rock with ropes (though sometimes you free climb), you still rely heavily on the strength of your arms and chest to power you up the rock.

With that:

If you want to pick up rock climbing, I highly recommend you start at an indoor gym. You’ll be able to rent climbing equipment and climb with the support of an experienced climber.

…And when you’re 25+ feet up in the air, a little support is a nice thing to have.

71. Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is an incredibly beautiful, unique, and active form of traditional cast and wait fishing.

Here’s how it works:

Fly fishers use a special rod and unique technique to cast their lure… they repeatedly flick the line across the surface of a moving river, making the lure hop, and making fish think the lure is actually a fly landing on the water.

Pretty cool, right?

Like all forms of fishing, fly fishing requires patience but yields a delicious reward when you hook a fish.


Fly fishing requires a lot of practice, and nearly constant motion, which together make for a great, active hobby for men.

72. Animal shelter volunteering

Spend time with cute pets while also helping the animals that need it most. Just try not to adopt them all! The best part is being surrounded by animals who can learn to love and appreciate you, creating a wondrous sense of fulfillment.

73. Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is one of the best ways to fully experience the strange, beautiful ocean, and can be done by almost all age groups.

It’s an experience that’s both very peaceful, and very humbling… the water makes it almost completely silent, and you’re surrounded by beautiful schools of fish…

...but at the same time, it’s humbling to see the vast size of the ocean and realize how tiny one man is.

But look:

Scuba diving, like many of the fun hobbies on this list, needs to be done with a guide at first. There’s a lot to learn before you can dive safely, and a guide/a team can help you learn.

74. Flying

If you ask ten people what superpower they'd want, most of them are almost guaranteed to say “flying”.

Makes sense, right? Flying gets you places faster, gives you power over gravity, and lets you feel a powerful rush of adrenaline.

Now… here’s the best part about flying as a hobby (besides feeling like you have a superpower):

Becoming a pilot is relatively easy. You only need to log a number of hours at a flight school, then to pass a written test and flying test.

If you’re interested in flying, check out the FAA’s website for more information on getting your pilot’s license.

75. Canoeing

A healthy, outdoor activity that lets you really get into nature while making you work as a team. Relax with leisurely canoeing through a gentle river, or find some rapids that'll give you a lovely thrill!

76. Urban Exploring

Simply put:

Urban exploration is about searching through abandoned buildings for cool (and often creepy) things.

There’s a very developed urban exploring community online… so you can get plenty of tips and advice on getting started. And you’ll find that once you do there are lots of interesting things that can be found in abandoned places.

Just remember:

Never explore in places where the owner doesn’t want anyone going in (it’s illegal and dangerous).

77. Paintballing

Paintball is an awesome hobby because it lets you get the rush of going into a tactical battle without any of the danger. Plus… it’s just a great way to have fun and bond with your friends or dates. Also, it’s a simple game that you can enjoy nearly anywhere.

And look, I know what you’re thinking:

Getting shot with a paintball would hurt.

And it does. But not nearly as bad as you’re probably imagining… not to mention you can get plenty of protective gear to take the sting out of it.

78. Tennis

Get out your relationship aggressions by volleying back and forth. It’s healthy and physical, and who doesn’t like the outfits? It's also a sport that you can do all the way through retirement, too!

79. Swimming

Swimming is an incredible full body workout. There’s no muscle that swimming doesn’t engage. And that can give you powerful results when it comes to developing your body.

But here’s the thing:

Swimming isn’t just about your body.

The act of swimming laps is very meditative. And sometimes in the water is also a great way to just clear your head.

80. Drone Flying

Drones are becoming a really popular hobby. That’s because they are an amazing way to get a bird’s eye view of the neighborhood. Think about it:

A drone is basically a way to get a look at things you’d never see otherwise.

You can pilot your drone over the neighborhood and see things you’d never have noticed. Not to mention… watching your drone flying around is fun by itself.

81. DIY or flipping thrift store finds

Find some great objects, do some repairs, and sell them to happy customers. It’s a great way to enjoy shopping, using your hands, and making a little money for date night.

19 Cheap Hobbies for Men

Some hobbies come with built in costs. Not everyone can afford to buy or rent equipment or pay membership fees, after all.

But just because you’re a little short this month (or every month) doesn’t mean you can’t get into an awesome hobby. Keep yourself entertained on the cheap with one of these hobbies.

82. Reading

Reading is a vastly underappreciated hobby for men. It allows your body to relax, but it exercises your mind.

Need proof?

Here’s a list of reading’s incredibly positive mental benefits:

    • It expands your knowledge
    • It can help alleviate stress source
    • It provides mental stimulation
    • It teaches a wider vocabulary than a direct teaching source
  • It improves your memory

Best of all… reading is a completely free hobby that any man can pursue.

83. Astronomy

Astronomy is the study of objects like stars, planets, asteroids, and galaxies.

You might start studying astronomy just because the night sky is undeniably beautiful… but when you have a deep understanding of what it is you’re looking at, it can make the night sky much more incredible.

For example:

Did you know that the closest star (other than the sun) is 4.24 light-years away? That means that if you traveled at the speed of light, it would take you 4.24 years to reach it. Amazing, right?


If you’re interested in learning astronomy, I highly recommend you start with the show Cosmos on Fox. The host explains astrological physics so simply that anyone can understand it… and it contains plenty of mind-blowing CGI renditions.

84. Journaling

Allow yourself to get a little reflective about your life and experiences. All you need is a pen and a good notebook. Immortalize your memories in print, and open it up when you're a little older to relive those lovely memories.

85. Writing

Here’s something we can all agree on:

Everyone needs a way to express themselves.

Maybe you’ve got a ton of great ideas and stories in your head that you just need to get out. And writing is one of the best ways to do that. You can create characters and stories. Or even build huge, original worlds.

And here’s the best part:

There’s no reason you couldn’t write the next huge bestseller.

And even if you don’t make it big… it’s still a great way to unwind and enjoy practicing the craft of writing.

But if you need somewhere to starthere’s a list of great journal prompts.

86. Whittling

Whittling is an ancient form of wood carving (and it’s been around since men have had knives, wood, and free time).


Whittling is a pretty easy hobby to start… you just need a block of wood (basswood, balsa, and pine are good for beginners) and a knife designed for whittling

…but it’s a hobby that can be very difficult to master. Making a beautifully whittled sculpture takes a lot of practice and even more patience.

In short:

Whittling is undeniably challenging... yet it's also a rewarding hobby for creative men.

87. Origami

It’s relaxing and a great skill to impress others with, and you can develop it by just buying some packs of paper. It's a relaxing, inexpensive hobby and a great way to relieve stress.

88. Bird Watching

There’s a lot of beauty out in the natural world. And learning about all the different species of animals is a great way to appreciate it.

And that’s what bird-watching is about. You take the time to identify rare species and go out to look for them. It’s a great way to spend some time out in nature and usually involves camping and hikingwhich are always a good time.

89. Volunteering

Here’s something we can all agree on:

There’s no better use of your free time than helping others.

And there are so many organizations and people that need help. But not everyone takes the time to lend a hand to people in need. That’s why committing to volunteer is so important.

You’ll make a real difference in your community. And you’ll find it’s incredibly rewarding. As well as a great way to remember what you have to be thankful for.

90. Geneology

We all want to know our histories and where we come from, so find out. All you need is Google and a library card. Are you related to famous people? Does your family tree have a famous historical figure in it?

91. Tapping Maple Trees

Tapping a maple tree to gather syrup is an awesome hobby for classic men (men who want to build a log cabin, hunt game, and provide for their families the way men did for decades in this country).

Plus, if you have access to the right type of trees (sugar maples), it’s an incredibly easy hobby to start… and has a delicious payoff (maple syrup).

And really… who doesn’t like maple syrup?

92. Doing Magic Tricks

Some sleight of hand magic skills is always a great thing to have in your back pocket. And any social situation is always improved when you can impress people with some fun tricks.

It’s a powerful skill for making a great first impression on people as the kind of guy who’s fun to invite to a party. But practicing magic is also a lot easier than you think. In fact:

There’re tons of quick tricks you can learn that will impress any audience.

And all you have to do is develop a few skills and easily wow your friends, family, and strangers.

93. Rock Painting

Artistic and just a bit zany, once you have the paint, all you need is to find a few good rocks and let your creativity flow. Plus, it won't cost anything to find your canvas - rocks are everywhere to find!

94. Taking Part in Historical Reenactments

If you’ve never been to a historical reenactment… you’re missing out. They’re an amazing way to really connect with history (and are also really entertaining).

And why not take it a step further and get involved? You get to wear a cool historical uniform and hang out with other people with similar interests. And people in the same historical reenactment troops often end up developing life-long friendships.

95. Performing Stand Up Comedy

Are you constantly hearing from friends and family about how funny you are? Or maybe you have a unique way of looking at the world that you think other people would enjoy. Either way… stand-up comedy might be a great hobby for you.

Ask any comedian and they’ll tell you that the rush of being on stage is addictive. But you don’t have to be a professional comedian to get something out of an open mic night. Performing at a comedy club is a great way to overcome any social anxieties you have or learn to be more confident.

96. Card Tricks

Card tricks are cool and impressive, and the total cost is a dollar for a pack of cards and a bit of your time. Card tricks are also an important part of learning how to do stage magic, in case you want to learn that as well!

97. Learning A Foreign Language


Learning a new language in your spare time requires a lot of effort and time, but the potential rewards are huge source:

  1. It can improve your memory
  2. It can improve your ability to multi-task
  3. It reduces the risk of dementia
  4. It's extremely helpful in business (a lot of companies have offices all over the world, and knowing another language can help you connect)
  5. You can have a better traveling experience (knowing a native language gives a deeper understanding of the culture... plus makes it easier to get around)

If you’re interested in learning a language, you can buy a teaching program like Rosetta Stone, or you can download an app like Mind Snacks.

Imagine sitting down at an Italian restaurant with a beautiful woman, and fluently ordering in Italian. You'd definitely impress her.

98. Tomahawk/Hatchet Throwing

There are few things as primal as hatchet (tomahawk) throwing...

...and that's because tomahawks are one of the oldest weapons men have ever used (and in my opinion, that makes tomahawk throwing even more manly).

Now check this out:

You can throw a standard camping axe or hatchet… but you should consider getting one that’s designed for throwing (it will be weighted, to give you a smoother/easier throw).

You can find beginner throwing tomahawks like that on Amazon for around $35 (like this one).

99. Treasure Hunting

Here’s something we can all agree on:

It would be incredible to be a real-life Indiana Jones.

But while I can’t promise you’ll have those kinds of adventures… treasure hunting is still a totally doable hobby. See there are lots of undiscovered treasures out there like shipwrecks and buried gold in real life.

And people do spend their time looking for them and finding them. So, why don’t you give it a try? All it takes is a little research and a willingness to take a little risk.

100. Gardening

Don’t think gardening should be on a list of hobbies for men? I disagree.

Think about it like this:

Being smart/capable enough to grow food for your loved ones, with your own hands is one of the manliest hobbies I can think of.

...And besides growing your own food sources, gardening has a few other huge benefits:

  1. In a long term study of over 3,000 adults, daily gardening reduced the risk of dementia by 36%
  2. In horticultural therapy, gardening is also used to combat depression and mental illness.

28 Indoor Hobbies for Men

Whether you live in a place with long, cold, wet seasons or just don't like going out much, sometimes you don't want a hobby that requires a lot of outdoor time. You don't have to resign yourself to boredom. You just need some indoor hobbies that keep you entertained without requiring walking out the door.

Let’s face it, not all of us are outdoorsy. While hiking the wild hills may sound great for some men, the rest of us just want a way to pass the time quietly indoors.

For the non-mountain men among us, try some of these hobbies for your rainy day entertainment.

101. Soap Making

Never buy another bar again. You can make a soap that has all your favorite scents, and you’ve got ready-made gifts for the holidays. The best part is carving the soap you make into beautiful shapes!

102. Playing Pool

Pool is one of the best hobbies for men because it’s so simple… if you can hold a pool stick and walk around a table, you can play pool.


When I say it’s simple, I don’t mean easy it can take years to become powerfully skilled at the game.

No matter what your current skill level, pool is a fun, highly social hobby that any man can enjoy.

103. Smoking Meats

Smoking is a unique way to grill food. You can actually smoke a lot of foods (cheese, bacon, even fruit), but meat is the most common.

Smoking meat means barbecuing it for 3+ hours over indirect heat, in an enclosed grill. You allow a hardwood (like hickory or apple) to slowly smolder and produce a lot of smoke in the enclosed space.

The smoke adds a deep, complex flavor to whatever meat you choose.

As a hobby, smoking meat is a relaxing and fun way to be creative and get outside. And of course, the best part is getting a delicious dish out of it!

104. Knife Making

Channel your internal armorer and create some incredible-looking blades, even if you’re just using them to cut your steak. Everyone needs a sharp knife in their daily living, and you'll be the one to make that happen.

105. Dandyism

Take some time to not just look great but to stand out and look outstanding. You’ll feel good about yourself and you’ll definitely get noticed. Plus, there's no downside to looking good!

106. Restoring Classic Cars

Restoring broken, rusty, old cars to beautiful, purring machines is a powerfully manly hobby.

It takes a lot of time but is one of the most rewarding and fun hobbies on our list. If you fully restore a car, you’ll have:

  • New skills that can be used to fix even more machines
  • A new car to brag about
  • Possibly even a huge chunk of money (if you sell your restoration)


Restoring a car takes a ton of knowledge and mechanical skill. It’s not the hobby for every man. But if you’re passionate about classic cars, it’s not impossible to learn… and like I mentioned, it’s highly rewarding.

107. Meditation

Connect with your spiritual side, and learn to relax and detach. Meditation is great for your body and your soul. Free yourself of worldly desires and ease the burden on your psyche.

108. Coffee Roasting

What could be better than waking up to the scent of a coffee you made yourself? Drinking what you make, of course! Make yourself that perfect cup of coffee to enhance your day.

109. War Gaming

You know how soldiers train for war… but have you ever wondered how generals train for war?

After all… a general has to learn a whole new set of skills from the average soldier like tactics and strategy. That’s why they’ve always turned to war gaming.

Here’s how it’s done:

You build model armies and move them around a table to simulate battles and tactics. It’s an awesome way to stimulate your mind and develop strategic thinking skills.

Plus… it’s a ton of fun.

110. Making Your Own Hot Sauce

Hot sauce is something people get really serious about. It’s a great way to add some taste to any dishand lots of people have a brand they love.

But what if you just can’t get the taste you want in a supermarket brand? Well, why not make your own?

Making your own hot sauces is easy and a lot of fun. Not to mention you can get the exact taste you want by tinkering with the ingredients.

And here’s the best part:

You can even bottle and sell your recipe.

111. Painting

Painting is one of the most challenging art forms you can learn. And mastering it is an incredible achievementbut it’s also an amazing way to relax.

It’s a really meditative thing to find a beautiful landscape and try to recreate it on a canvas. And the great thing about painting is that it’s easy to get started. All you need is a few supplies.

But if you really want to get good at painting… it’s also something you can spend years mastering. And that makes it a great passion for a lifetime.

112. Crossword Puzzles

Your grandparents were on to something with those puzzles. They’re fun and challenging, and you get a great sense of accomplishment when done. Plus, it's something that only takes a little of your time each time.

113. Bowling

Bowling is a classic hobby. And it’s also something fun that you can get the entire family involved in. After all… kids love bowling as much as adults.

And the great thing about pursuing bowling as a hobby is that it’s one of those sports that’s easy on your body. So if you have aches and pains… bowling is a great option for rec time.

But even if you don’t… bowling is still an enjoyable family hobby and a great way to spend a Saturday.

114. Glass blowing

Glass blowing is the process of making glass by hand. And it’s not just a craft… it’s an art. Blowing glass by hand is a unique skill that you can use to make useful and beautiful items.

Here’s the thing:

There’s no better way to impress a guest to your home than to show them a beautiful handmade glass bowl.

And think about how they’ll react when they tell them you made it yourself.

115. Poker

Perhaps the greatest card game ever invented. Those who are good at it can make a lot of money and always look cool. It's a fun pasttime to spend with friends as well, even if there are no stakes involved!

116. Playing Darts

Darts, like pool, is a great social game to play (usually at a local bar).

There are countless games you can play on a dartboard.

The rules for each game vary, but all darts games are social, challenging, and competitive.

117. Sculpting

Sculpting is an ancient art form. And people have been shaping stone into sculptures for thousands of years.

It’s an engaging hobby that gives you the satisfaction of creating something beautiful with your hands.

And if you’re interested in learning to sculpt… there are lots of places where you can find people to teach you. You also get the chance to express yourself… but the great thing about sculpture is that you know your work will last generations (it is stone after all).

118. Playing Chess

The game of chess is a powerful mental battle between two men. It’s one of the hobbies most likely to increase your intelligence… and wouldn’t you rather do that in your spare time, rather than watch TV?

...And just like playing music, playing chess has a long list of mental benefits, like:

  1. Improving your memory
  2. Increasing problem-solving skills (by adapting to your opponent’s moves)
  3. Helping prevent Alzheimer’s source

Here's the bottom line:

Chess players must constantly be thinking. While you may have a strategy in mind, your opponent’s moves force you to almost constantly adapt it. Strategics like that can dramatically improve your intelligence and problem-solving.

119. Entertaining & Event Hosting

Recent generations have lost the art of event hosting, but you can bring it back. Fancy your place up and have over all the right people for a great night.

120. Board & Role-Playing Games

You loved them as a kid. They’re just as great as an adult. Get your friends together and rediscover how much fun a board game can be. There are some pretty unique board games out there as well - there're endless possibilities to try!

121. Body Building/Weight Lifting

Bodybuilding is a hugely popular hobby for men. It’s a powerful, manly way to get into shape/stay healthy.

But before you jump into bodybuilding:

I highly recommend you learn proper weight lifting techniques. You can do a lot of long-term damage to your body through lifting improperly (think torn ligaments, broken ribs, or even torn muscles).source

A personal trainer can teach you safe lifting techniques, and give you a gym routine you can follow.

122. Car detailing

Detail your car in the garage or detail models in your living room. Whether it's a model or the real thing, you can improve your ride however you want!

123. Cutlery bending

You're not developing mental powers, you're just coming at crafting from a whole new angle. It only takes a little bit of strength and some know-how, and you're all set!

124. Taxidermy

If you like hunting, you can start doing your own taxidermy instead of paying someone else to do it. It can create some great furniture to fill your house with!

125. Bodybuilding

Have fun, feel healthier, and look great. What's not to like about this indoor hobby? Working out those sore muscles can feel great.

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126. Competitive beard grooming

If you can grow a great beard, consider competing with it. It's a long time investment, but it can make you look irresistibly cool.

127. Clock assembly

Clocks are wonderfully complex and require careful work. It's perfect for perfectionist puzzle lovers. Keeping your time is a great way to spend that time, as well!

128. Minor household repairing

You don't need a specific hobby to have fun. Channel your inner HGTV host and fix up your own home. Or do it for your friends and see if they like it!

28 Hobbies for Retired Men, and Men Over 50

Hobbies aren’t just a young man’s game. In fact, as you get a little older, you may find you need them more.

If you’re just looking for a good way to enjoy your free time, try a few of these ideas out to have fun and stay dignified.

129. Infuse Alcohol

Are you looking for a hobby that’s highly useful (and honestly, highly impressive), yet incredibly simple?

Infusing alcohol (making flavorless alcohol have any flavor characteristic) could be the perfect hobby.

It's incredibly easy:

Just combine a flavorful ingredient in non-flavored alcohol, seal it in a bottle, and wait a few days. That’s it. You can make really delicious combinations:

Bacon bourbon. Apple cinnamon whiskey. Chili pepper tequila.

Here's the takeaway:

Think about infusing as cooking for people who enjoy great-tasting liquorsexcept that your creative infusions are incredibly easy to make.

130. Beekeeping

Beekeeping is a rarely-practiced hobby... but it’s incredibly fun and can actually be pretty lucrative.

The initial investment in beekeeping gear can be high, but there are a few ways you can make money with beehives:

  1. Sell your honey in local markets
  2. Sell beeswax (a key ingredient in lip balm)
  3. Offer pollination services (here’s an example of what this looks like)


Since bees can and will sting you, I highly recommend you research beekeeping thoroughly, rather than take the “learn by doing” approach... but like most popular hobbies, there are a ton of instructional YouTube videos that will teach you the ins and outs of beekeeping.

131. Shooting/Marksmanship

Shooting is undeniably one of the most fun, manly hobbies on our list. There’s just something powerfully manly about shooting a moving target with a gun, right?


There is a wide range of shooting types:

  • Skeet shooting (shooting clay targets, to simulate shooting birds)
  • Long-range target shooting (shooting targets over 1500 yards away with a rifle)
  • Hunting (shooting game for meat)
  • Trap shooting (a game similar to skeet shooting, but with a greater focus on distance)

And here's the best part:

Shooting is easy to start (almost anyone can practice at a shooting range) and with practice, anyone can become a decent marksman.

132. Collect paintings

If you’ve got the money, there’s nothing that can be as entertaining while showing off your class as collecting some art. From portraits to landscapes to still-lifes and so many other kinds of paintings, there's bound to be something you'll find beautiful!

133. Becoming an Alcohol Connoisseur

According to Merriam-Webster...

a connoisseur is a person who “enjoys with discrimination and appreciation of subtleties”... so an alcohol connoisseur has a deeper appreciation and understanding of alcohol's subtle flavors."

You can become a connoisseur of anything, but whiskey, wine, gin, and craft beer are the manliest alcohols to deeply appreciate and understand.

For example:

A whiskey connoisseur might sip a fine whiskey and differentiate earthy tones, a hint of cinnamon, or maybe a floral note. A beer connoisseur might be able to tell the difference between an amber, lager, porter, or blonde ale by the smell alone. Pretty cool, right?

PS: If you want to become a whiskey connoisseur, check out our Ultimate Guides to Scotch and our Introduction to Bourbon.

PS #2: If you want to become a beer connoisseur, sign up for a beer of the month club. Or a wine connoisseur, sign up for a wine of the month club.

134. Playing Music

Music has been part of life since the beginning of mankind… archeologists have even found flutes carved out of mammoth bone, estimated to be over 40,000 years old.

While instruments have gotten a little more sophisticated than bone carvings, the benefits of music have remained the same: it reduces symptoms of depression, relieves stress, and can elevate your mood (don’t you feel good listening to your favorite music?)

…And all those benefits come from just listening to music. Creating music boosts creativity, and a sense of accomplishment (the same as creating anything).

Now... remember this:

Mastering an instrument can take years, but learning one is a simple hobby to start.

135. Being A Cigar Aficionado

A good cigar is a thing of beauty. And becoming a real aficionado is a lot different than just enjoying one from time to time. It’s about learning to appreciate all the complex flavors in a good cigar.

In other words:

A cigar aficionado understands and enjoys all the unique features in every cigar.

It’s a great hobby because it lets you build a new understanding of something that men have enjoyed for a long time.

And you’ll know exactly what to get your cigar-loving friends as a gift.

136. Making time capsules

Contemplate what it means to be alive at this moment while creating something for the future at the same time. When you unearth it later, it'll be as if you found a treasure chest full of fond memories.

137. Record Collecting

A lot of people think that vinyl records are the best way to listen to music. And records aren’t just a way to play your music with amazing smoothness… they can also be valuable collectibles.

Add all that together and collecting records is a great hobby for music lovers and people who just enjoy having artifacts from music history. Think about it:

What better way to connect with a favorite band than by holding a piece of their musical legacy?

138. Improving Your Memory

I highly doubt you’ll find memory improvement on any other list of hobbies… so why did I include it?

Well, first:

We often publish articles on memory improvement. Recently, we’ve had an article about the Pythagoras memory technique and one on developing a photographic memory.

I publish these techniques often because I believe that better memory contributes to having a higher intellect… which is a hugely important way to become a better man.

By improving your memory, you improve the rate at which you’re able to learn/retain information. The strength of your memory is the foundation of your intellect and your intelligence.


You can improve your memory by reading up on our other memory posts, or by playing memory games online (sites like Lumosity claim to boost memory rate and retention).

139. Collecting Model Trains

Collecting model trains is a great fun hobby for any rail enthusiast. But… check this out:

The trains themselves are only half the fun.

You can get just as much enjoyment from building little miniature towns and landscapes for your trains to steam through.

And because it’s such a classic hobby… you can find people to help you out at any hobby supply store. And that makes it easy to get started.

140. Vinyl Record Collecting

Vinyl isn’t just for hipsters. Rediscover the sounds of your youth by tracking down classic and rare albums. It's a good way to relive the nostalgia of a bygone time.

 141. Watch making

Watch making used to be an important profession in the days before watches were mass-produced. Watch makers passed their skills and traditions down to apprentices who spent years studying the craft.

And the best part about picking up watch making as a hobby is being part of that tradition.

It’s a complex and intricate process that takes attention to detail. But with enough practice, you can create incredibly beautiful handmade watches.

It’s an awesome way to experience the joy of being a real master at a unique craft. Not to mention… every guy needs a watch.

142. Playing The Piano

Maybe you were forced to take piano lessons as a kid and hated it… or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn. Either way, learning to play the piano as an adult is a great way to put your creative skills to use.

And you’ll find if you commit to it that the piano is an incredibly expressive instrument. It’s a great way to impress your friends or just to enjoy your down time in a creative way.

143. Grilling

Grilling and smoking are by far the manliest ways to cook. Think about it: you’re outside, using open flames to cook raw meat into delicious meals. What’s manlier than that?


Grilling is also an incredibly healthy way to cook. When you grill, the excess fat runs off of the meat, down through the grate and burns away, leaving you with a leaner (yet still delicious) piece of meat.

If you’ve never grilled, you should definitely consider it as your next manly hobby.

144. Coin collecting

Coins are a great way to study history, appreciate an interesting kind of art, and also create an investment sure to go up in value over time. You can make money by saving money!

145. Being A History Buff

Here’s the thing:

Everyone has a topic they love to talk about.

But if you haven’t found yours yet… history is a great option. The study of history is valuable in a lot of ways. It’s full of lessons you can apply to your everyday life. And there are tons of interesting facts that you can use to improve your conversation skills.

And if you’ve ever felt like you don’t read enough… you’d be surprised how much you might enjoy a good history book.

146. Model Ship Building

Have you ever wondered how they get those model ships to fit inside a tiny bottle?

Here’s how it’s done:

They build them inside of it.

And it’s a great way to spend your free time. You’ll use a pair of tweezers to carefully assemble a model ship inside a bottle. It’s challenging… but a ton of fun.

147. Dog Training


I’m sure you love your dog… but there are probably times you wish they were a bit better behaved.

Luckily… you can train your dog (even if they’re old) to learn all sorts of new things. You can learn how to make them stop tearing up your stuff or to only use the bathroom outside. And there’s a whole world of impressive tricks that a dog can pick up.

Plus… it’s a great way to bond with your dog.

148. Growing Bonsais

Bonsai is an art of patience and thoughtfulness. Enjoy sculpting something beautiful while also ornamenting your home.

 149. Researching Genealogy

Knowing where you come from can give you a new sense of connection with your family. And it’s a great way to get in touch with your cultural roots. That’s why genealogy is a great hobby.

Think about it:

You’ll learn where your family was originally from… and learn the stories that were a part of their life.

And it’ll let you bond with your family over that shared history.

150. Road Biking

Road biking is a great way to explore your local terrain... it’s more freeing than being trapped in a car, and it’s faster than running.

And exploring isn't the only benefit:

In fact, biking provides many of the benefits you get from running, while causing much less strain on your legs, feet and ankles.

It’s also one of the best hobbies for men over 50 (being much easier on your joints than other exercises).

151. Flying Model Planes

There’s just something so cool about the way that planes move through the air. And a model plane is a great way to enjoy the miracle of flight in miniature form. Plus… you get to control everything with your remote.

What’s not to love, right?

And check it out:

There’s a huge range of models for every budget.

You can get everything from a miniature prop plane to an actual jet-fuel-powered model F-16. (Editorial note: this is a link you can use for a video) Imagine piloting that thing around while doing cool loops and barrel rolls.

152. Terrarium Making

Make the plants in your home their own kind of art piece. Create lovely, lively dioramas at home and impress your guests with what you come up with!

153. Farming

There’s nothing more manly than providing your own food.

Think about it:

It used to be a matter of life and death for our ancestors to get food.

Now things are a little easier… but there’s still a masculine tradition of putting food on the table. That’s why farming is great. It lets you tap into that tradition. And in many ways, it’s a forgotten skill.

So why not revive that tradition and supply some of your food from your own garden?

154. Fishing

A list of men’s hobbies would be sadly incomplete without fishing.

Fishing is relaxing, while at the same time challenging for some men... it requires planning and a lot of patience.


There are many different types of fishing:

...And because there are so many different types of fishing, almost anywhere you live in the world, you’ll be able to try it.

155. Sailing

Want a hobby that’s both relaxing and stimulating?

Try sailing.

Sailing combines the best parts of relaxation (sunshine, ocean noises and breezes, and slowing down to take in the moment) with mental and physical stimulation (you have to know how to catch the wind, be able to hoist the sails, and know what to do if you capsize). It can even be a highly enjoyable group activity.

Sailing can be challenging, so take advantage of having an instructor/knowledgeable sailor with you the first several times.

156. Aquascaping

Become your own little gardener under the sea by creating lush new subaquatic worlds. They’re beautiful, thought-provoking, and fun to make. It can be seriously addicting, creating your own underwater ecosystem.

6 Fun Hobbies for men

Obviously, men go looking for hobbies because they want to have fun. When so much of being a dude these days is about work, you need some fun hobbies to take a load off and just enjoy living. These hobbies for men provide exactly that kind of guaranteed good time.

157. Woodworking

Create incredible objects while doing one of the manliest hobbies out there. Woodworking can also lead into whittling and carving, increasing the number of ways you'll have fun!

158. Yoga

It's fun, relaxing, and puts you in great shape. It can also be a great way to get in shape and loosen those tight muscles, too!

159. Paintball

All the thrill of video games in the (more) real world. Gather a team and test your mettle out on the battlefield!

160. Dodgeball

Remember how fun this was in elementary school? Just as fun now. Doing it as an adult is an interesting experience now that you're bigger.

161. Car detailing

If you love cars but don't like the mechanical side, this is a great hobby to get into. You can do it with models or the real thing!

162. Tai Chi

This is a fun stress reliever at the end of a tough week. This Asian martial art can help you unwind with its simple, beautiful stances and movements.

6 Cool Hobbies for men

Dudes like to look cool. In fact, the fear of not looking cool is often one of the reasons guys refuse to get hobbies. They worry others will laugh at their choices. If that's what's been keeping you from really enjoying your downtime, just pick one of these cool hobbies that will help you chill while also boosting your reputation.

163. Coding

Build websites, create games for your friends, or hack the government! But don't actually do that last one. Create some lovely webpages instead!

164. Grilling

Not only is this a cool hobby, but it's also a tasty one that your friends will appreciate. Plus, it's an easy way to throw your own house parties.

165. Mentoring

Honestly, there's nothing cooler than helping those who could really use your help. Being able to teach youth is a rewarding and fun experience, especially if you can get them hooked!

166. Dumpster diving

If you're in the right area, you'll find all kinds of cool little gems. Who knows what treasures you'll find? As they say... one man's trash is another man's treasure.

167. Bird watching

It's relaxing, solitary, and the results are always cool. Try and see if you can name any birds you find! You can even practice your own birdcalls and see if birds come by.

168. Bodybuilding

Build that cool body you've always wanted to have. Put in the effort each day to move your body, and you'll be able to achieve that dream body!

5 Unique Hobbies for men

When a guy wants to stand out and show he's his own man, he needs unique hobbies that can showcase that independence. These hobbies are for the road-less-taken men who like to approach life—and recreation—a little differently.

169. Sword fighting

Come on, you've wanted to learn to do this since you were a child. Now's the time. Do you have it in you to become a master swordsman?

170. Newsraiding

Make a hobby of getting on screen in the background of news reports. You could become famous!

171. Extreme Ironing

Sure you can iron, but can you iron on horseback, or while on a bicycle? There are endless interesting places to iron out your clothing. Just make sure you have clothing to iron out first!

172. Rock collecting

Most of us just pass them by, but rocks can tell very interesting stories. Some can even hold something valuable in them, if you're willing to take a closer look.

173. Dog Training

Take your love for animals and try man's best friend to do more than stare at you while you eat. Teach them tricks and or have them enter a pageant!

5 creative hobbies for men

You grew up feeling very creative, but life doesn't afford many opportunities for you to express that anymore. What's a guy to do? Find some creative hobbies for creative men. These hobbies represent a great way to channel all that creative energy you have pent up.

174. Chainsaw Carving

It's the manliest sort of sculpture. Manliness levels are known to increase fivefold when you carve something with the manliest tool out there: the chainsaw.

175. Grafitti Art

Create art all the world will see. Express yourself and your creativity through beautiful roadside art that will draw the eyes of everyone who passes by.


176. Whittling

Transform a small piece of wood into incredible objects. Make beautiful pieces that look great on your shelf or out in the outdoors!

177. Food Artistry

Make your food into a piece of art, then eat it. It will not only taste delicious, but taste beautiful as well!

178. Glass bending

You can create unbelievable art with this. Beautiful glass figures can really change the way you see (and see through) them!

4 interesting hobbies for men

Masculine hobbies can still be intellectually stimulating. Just consider these interesting hobbies for men, and you can have the best of both worlds.

179. Letter Writing

You can become seriously engaged in letter writing, and this can be a truly interesting hobby for men. Collect all kinds of interesting letter paper and stationery to get all kinds of joy out of this hobby.

180. Candle Making

Why buy candles when you can make your own? The ancient art of candle making awaits, and you can create candles with all kinds of different colors and scents.

181. Metalworking

If you've always wanted to forge your own items and tools from metal, then why not try? This ancient art can lead to all kinds of fulfillment.

182. Parkour

Parkour is a relatively new sport, but it's taking the world by storm. It takes many years of training to become an expert, but you can impress everyone with your skills eventually.

4 expensive hobbies for men

If you're a guy and you'd like to invest considerable funds in a new hobby, then it's best to choose from a list of expensive hobbies.

183. Film making

Filmmaking equipment is quite expensive, as the best video cameras can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars. That being said, launching your career as a filmmaker is an experience unlike any other.

184. Falconry

Falconry is incredibly old, and you can develop a real bond with your bird. If you've ever dreamt of having a pet bird, this might be the hobby for you.

185. Car collecting

Most people just stick with one car, but wealthy individuals love to collect cars. If you have the funds, then you can start the car collection of your dreams.

186. Gaming

Video games are seriously expensive these days, especially if you keep up with the latest releases and all of the newest consoles and accessories. That being said, it's one of the most fun pastimes ever.

Downloadable and Printable list of Hobbies for Men

Here is a downloadable and printable list of hobbies for men (right-click the image and select Save Image As…):

Frequently Asked Questions

Finding a hobby can be a deeply fulfilling experience. It allows you to better use your free time for something productive, and can even be lots of fun! But, finding the right hobby can be a challenge, especially since it uses up said free time to discover your passions. Fortunately, I can help answer some questions you might have had about finding a hobby.

What are fun things to do when you're bored?

Looking for fun things to do might be daunting at first, but don't worry: There are plenty of ways to pass the time when you're bored. Start by looking around you - find things you can use, and put them to use. Whether it's as simple as reading a book or doing some exercise with things around the house, there are plenty of possibilities open to you - you just have to find them.

Are hobbies a waste of time and money?

Hobbies don't need to be! Even simple hobbies like exercise and sports don't need to be a drain on your savings and free time. And even hobbies that do cost a bit can be worth it in the end, if it's fun. Fun is the reward that hobbies give, if that's worth a little time and effort on your part, then it won't have been a waste.

How do I find a hobby that I love?

Experimentation is the key here. Try all sorts of different things, even if it doesn't seem all that interesting at first. The only way to know if you love something is to actually put in the effort to do it - and when you find something you like, it won't even feel like you're exerting effort to do it. Just try different things until you find that special something you love.

What hobbies can I do to attract women?

Women all have different tastes and things they find attractive. Learning how to attract women is a different process for each one. Start learning about things women find attractive by first seeing if they have a hobby you both can enjoy, and work from there. If there's no such method for you to figure it out, then try to find a hobby that you can boast with - sports like basketball and racecar driving may get you that girl if you're good enough at it.

In Conclusion

Most men just turn on the TV for entertainment during their free time but you don’t have to be that man. Try one of these hobbies for men when you’re looking for something fun to do.