We’ve heard time and time again how important it is for couples to spend time together (you’ve probably heard it from me a whole bunch too). But what is even more important is that we spend quality time together, having fun and spending time connecting.
One of the best ways to do this is through creating and starting new hobbies for couples – that is activities you do together that involve fun, communication, time, and challenging yourselves to try new things.
Why Are Couples Activities Important?
Couples are told that they need regular date nights in order for their relationship to survive, and while I don’t prescribe to that idea, I do fully support the idea that couples do need to spend regular, quality time together.
The ability to regularly get out of the house for a date night together seems almost impossible for a lot of couples, which means they then believe they are failing their marriage because they aren’t doing what others have told them is essential to the survival of their relationship.
BUT… it does feel a lot more achievable to spend time together doing activities like these and creating a new hobby together that you love.
How To Choose Hobbies To Do Together
Choosing hobbies for couples to do together can be a little challenging, especially if you like different things, but that’s also part of the fun. It’s can be exciting to do things you wouldn’t normally do, so you may want to take that into consideration when you choose your hobby.
When it comes to choosing your new hobby, start with something you both will enjoy and can agree upon. As you move onto a new hobby, take turns in choosing so you can try something a little different to what you would usually choose.
Alternatively, you can create a list of all the hobbies you’d like to try, write them out on individual pieces of paper, put them into a jar, close your eyes, and pick out one hobby at a time.
Hopefully, these hobbies ideas for couples will inspire you to spend more time together in a fun way, and remind you that you don’t need date nights in order to spend quality time together and connect.
It’s in the little things we do, the regular time we spend together, that makes the biggest difference to our relationships.
Some of the items on this list include cheap hobbies for couples, because spending time together doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. You can have fun and enjoy your time together without breaking the bank.
Creative Hobbies For Couples
Let your creativity flow with these creative hobbies for couples.
You might feel a little uncomfortable at first, but remember, you’re with the person you love and it’s all about having fun and spending time together.
1 – Photography
You don’t need a fancy camera or gear to learn how to take amazing photos. Taking a photography class can help, but there’s also a ton of free information online (check out YouTube – there are tons of tutorials).
Most of us have amazing cameras in our phones that are capable of taking beautiful photos. Plus, you can put this new skill to use by doing walking photography tours, taking photos of each other, or going on little photography adventures.
2 – Crochet / Knitting / Sewing
Before you scroll past this one, just hold on for a minute and hear me out. There are so many beautiful things you can create with crochet, knitting, and sewing (as well as a wide range of other needle crafts) and it’s becoming more and more popular among men too!
These are wonderful skills that can be passed down over generations and hobbies like crochet can be combined with watching movies and enjoying time together at night after the kids have gone to sleep.
3 – Painting / Drawing
Painting and drawing are another two artistic skills that many of us brush off because we don’t believe we are creative enough or we think we can’t do them… but… not only are there tons of tutorials online to help you learn, there’s also paint by numbers for adults (winning).
It can be a whole lot of fun and laughs seeing what you come up with, and you can get in touch with your creative side together.
4 – Music Appreciation
This can take shape in any form you’d like but one thing we like to do is create music playlists that are flashbacks to a particular time in our lives and share our stories with each other.
It’s a great way to connect and open up conversation and it also is really lovely seeing the role music has played in our lives and where certain songs cross over in both of our lives.
5 – Film Making
Fancy yourself a TikTok star? Or maybe you just want to get a little creative and learn how to take beautiful videos and create family films for your own records?
Become a film-making duo – and remember, all you really need is your phone and learn the basics on YouTube so you can get started today.
6 – Upcycling
There’s something really satisfying about taking an old piece of run-down furniture and turning it into something new – and it’s even more meaningful when you do it together.
Find the furniture you want to upcycle, research tutorials on YouTube, and have fun doing it! Plus, if you’re lucky enough to know someone who’s passionate about furniture design or building then they’ll probably jump at the chance of helping.
7 – Creative Writing
Not only can you learn some great life lessons from creative writing, but it’s also a great way to slow down and take some quiet time together as a couple.
It can be really cathartic and inspiring, and you never know where your hobbies can take you.
8 – Escape Rooms
For some people, it can be hard to switch off and relax. Escape rooms are a game that requires you to work together in order to escape the room, but they often require group problem-solving skills, communication, and teamwork – which is why they come under the ‘creative’ category.
If you don’t have an escape room near you, you can grab a box of games like this one that has 4 different escape room options and play at home, or you can level up and grab a subscription box for at home escape rooms and make it a regular hobby together.
Outdoors And Adventure Hobbies For Couples
While staying at home is lovely, sometimes it’s nice to get out of the house and have some fun outdoors.
Check out these hobbies for couples who are really into being outside or want to try something new!
9 – Cycling & Bike Tours
Cycling is a wonderful way to be active together, see the world around you and keep fit.
You can kick things up a notch by taking a bike tour of your local town or see what is available around you and make bike tours of new towns your ‘thing’ to do together.
And if you really want to make it fun, hire a tandem bike and work together to explore.
10 – Hiking
Hiking is a real adventure and can be both relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. There’s nothing like walking side by side and having a conversation or sharing a story and getting to know one another even better.
You can take it slow and do an easy hike if you don’t think you’re quite fit enough yet, or you can always go for multi-day hikes – just remember that the key is safety first.
Check out any hiking trails nearby or National Parks you can explore.
11 – Canoeing & Kayaking
If you’re looking for hobbies that are a little bit different, then canoeing and kayaking might be for you.
Work together to get your rhythm in sync and laugh at yourselves when it doesn’t work – remember this is meant to be fun so leave any frustrations behind.
Not only can it be a lot of fun, but it’s also a wonderful way to see the world around you, spend some time outdoors and get fit!
12 – Fishing
Fishing is a wonderful bonding hobby to get into – there’s something really relaxing and primal about both sitting quietly and enjoying nature while also learning how to catch fish.
Hire a boat, fish from a kayak, or just sit on the bank and enjoy your time together.
13 – Archery
If you’re keen to try something a bit different and exciting, then check out archery!
It’s one of those skills that looks far easier than it really is, and it takes learning patience and calm in order to hit the target.
14 – Mountain Biking
If you love the great outdoors and spending time together, then mountain biking might be the thing to try. It’s a great way to get fit, explore new places, bond with your partner and enjoy the scenery.
Starting with the beginner trails is a good way to build up your confidence without going too far out of your comfort zone. It really is a fun and adventurous way to get outdoors and be active.
15 – Surfing
Have you ever watched surfers from the beach and wished you knew how to surf too? Now is the time!
There are so many beginner classes available (for all ages) and I can almost guarantee you’ll be laughing so hard during the class (falling off a surfboard is a whole new skill in and of itself).
Once you’ve become more confident you can go out surfing together on a regular basis and enjoy your newfound hobby!
16 – Camping
Camping has to be one of the best hobbies and can be done as a couple or even as a family (one of our favorite things to do). Add in road trips and you have a whole new level of adventure.
You don’t need to go all out with your camping gear, but do make sure you have a few creature comforts if that’s what you really need. This can be a hobby you can build on over time and create some amazing memories along the way.
17 – Mountain Climbing
This is a hobby that requires some real bravery but the accomplishment you’ll feel when you reach the top is amazing!
There are so many different kinds of mountains to climb, and it doesn’t have to be one that’s incredibly high. You can start by climbing what’s easy for your fitness levels before moving onto bigger mountains. I
t’s definitely not something you should take lightly, so make sure you know what you’re getting into and try to hire a guide for the first time if it’s available.
If mountain climbing is a little too far out of your comfort zone, you can try indoor rock climbing which can be super challenging, but a whole lot of fun too.
18 – Scuba Diving
Diving is a hobby for people who love to explore, learn new things and challenge themselves. Once you’re properly trained it’s also a great way to explore reefs and other marine life.
Being underwater can feel very calming, and the sense of accomplishment is amazing.
For those of you who already love water sports or even just want to try something new – this is for you!
19 – Horse Riding
Horses are such majestic creatures and offer so much fun! You can go on trail rides, guided tours, or even just enjoy the companionship of the horses.
It’s a hobby you can really get your teeth into and learn lots about proper care and riding styles. Spending time with your horse provides some wonderful company and has many health benefits.
20 – Picnics At Your Local Park
While it may not be as adventurous and thrill-seeking as the previous outdoor hobbies, taking time out together to have a picnic at a pretty outdoor location can be a fun hobby, and your local park can be a great option for this.
21 – Building A Vegetable Garden
Fancy yourself quite the green thumb (or maybe not and you’d like to learn)? Building your own vegetable garden can be incredibly rewarding, especially when you literally get to eat the fruits of your labor!
You can research and learn all about organic gardening if you’d like, and learn what is seasonal, when you plant which type of vegetable/fruit and slowly expand your garden (or if you’re like me and are impatient, expand rapidly…).
Plus, working on your garden together can be a great way to spend your time, connect with each other, and get your hands dirty!
Healthy Hobbies For Couples
Starting a healthy hobby on your own can be a little daunting, but starting a healthy hobby with the one you love is a whole lot more exciting!
Choose any of these healthy hobbies for couples to boost your health and make time to connect too!
22 – Local Run Challenges
ParkRun operates in a whole bunch of countries around the world and even small country towns get in on the event.
Each week a group of people get together and run a predesignated course, and there are heaps of incentives and a whole community feel to it all.
If you’re looking for something a little different you could check out your local run or walk groups and join together as a dedicated walking time or running time each week.
23 – Workout Classes
Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than getting huffy and sweaty in public in a socially acceptable way… right? That’s what you’ll get with a workout class!
Increase the endorphins (those happy, euphoric hormones) that come with exercise and enjoy encouraging each other, or laughing at/with each other, whichever is more appropriate.
24 – Yoga / Pilates
Yoga and pilates have a wide range of health benefits and there’s a big uptake in the number of males participating and even couples doing classes together.
There are so many studios dedicated to yoga and pilates across the country that you’ll be sure to find one in your local area. They’re also pretty affordable too (so not much of an excuse).
25 – Martial Arts
While kicking each other’s butts may not seem like the most romantic couple’s hobby, taking up Martial Arts classes together has a wide host of benefits – I see it all the time as a Taekwondo Instructor.
We often have couples and families that join together and it’s so heartwarming to see couples encouraging each other, learning new skills together, and genuinely excited for each other, all while enjoying a great hobby.
26 – Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Super challenging, but a whole lot of fun! If you have a body of water near you, then give yourself a challenge and try stand-up paddleboarding (a great idea for a date day).
It’s far more challenging than it looks, so don’t let the calm waters and gliding boarders fool you – but the peace and tranquility of it is amazing (and if you keep it up, you’ll likely end up with some pretty serious abs…).
27 – Competitive Sports (eg Tennis)
There’s nothing quite like a bit of friendly competition between couples. Just remember, the key is to keep it friendly and fun.
Competitive sports like tennis or golf are great, active ways to spend time together and it can be a heap of fun too. Was there a sport you played as a kid that you’d love to try again? Or something you’ve always wanted to try?
Give it a go!
28 – Cooking Classes
Cooking together is always more fun than cooking by yourself, especially when it’s healthy!
These classes are a great way to get out of your comfort zone and try something new, or if you already love cooking, do it together with the person who knows you best.
Check out your local restaurants or even hotels to see if they offer a cooking class or see if there are any online courses that offer the type of class you’re after.
29 – Healthy Cooking Challenge
Already fancy yourself quite the cook? Why not create a healthy cooking challenge?
You could challenge each other to cook a healthy meal each night and discuss (not critique) the dishes. Or you could make requests for each other to cook. Or you could even create a ‘new meals only’ challenge where you cook only meals you’ve never made before for a month.
There are so many fun ways to create a hobby out of cooking challenges, it’s really up to your imagination.
Hobbies For Couples At Home
These fun hobbies for couples at home can easily be part of your daily or weekly routines, and you can have fun without having to leave the house.
30 – Your Own Book Club
Reading is a fantastic way to unwind and learn, so why not make it fun?
You could host your very own book club where you take turns deciding what the next book will be. You can read together or on your own if you’d prefer, and chat about what each chapter meant or what you thought about each. You can even listen to an audiobook together at night rather than watch TV and talk about it too.
Audible has a ton of different options for audiobooks and you can get a credit each month for a new book which can help keep you on track to finish your current book in a month.
31 – Take An Online Class
Online classes are a great way to learn new skills at home, and you can learn just about anything you could possibly imagine.
Want a learn a new language? There’s a course for that. Want to take classes in ballroom dancing? Totally available online. Cooking classes, crafting classes, computer programming, couples massages… (Udemy is one of the BEST places to find various classes – if you want to learn it, there’s a class on Udemy for you).
Plus, taking a class together means you get to learn something new in the comfort of your own home, practice your new skills together, and have a lot of fun in the process. Don’t forget to grab your cashback on any Udemy classes with your Rakuten Cashback App.
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32 – Gaming Competitions
There’s nothing like a bit of friendly competition between couples. If you both love video games (or even if you don’t – why not give it a go) then this hobby is for you!
Make sure you pick a game that is multi=player, or one you can play together online, and spend time battling it out in the virtual world.
33 – Puzzles
Puzzles give you a chance to step away from the online world and do something together – plus jigsaw puzzles feel so rewarding when they’re done.
You could even frame up the puzzle you completed together and have it on display. Puzzling also is a great time to get chatting – so why not add in some of our conversation starters for couples to add even more to your time together.
34 – Board Games or Card Games
Add even more friendly competition in with some board games or card games and you have a fun new hobby to try together!
Whether you have weekly Scrabble battles, or poker games (or even strip poker if you’re keen…) or whether you go super serious and join in local gaming tournaments (it’s a thing) – spending time together, even with a little competition, can be a great new hobby to add to your relationship.
Relaxing Hobbies For Couples
If the outdoors and competitive challenges aren’t really your thing, then perhaps you’d prefer to try and more relaxing hobby together? Try any (or all) of these relaxing hobbies for couples.
35 – At Home Spa Days
Spa days have been a thing for a long time, and there’s no reason they can’t be at home too!
Get the essential oils out, find some relaxing music, light candles – you can even learn how to give each other a sensual massage. Bliss.
36 – Wine & Cheese Nights
This can be so much fun! Include a little wine tasting, a new cheese you’ve never tried before, and let your fancy side come out!
You could even team this up with movie night, or if you want to go all fancy, get dressed up, create a charcuterie board for yourselves and enjoy.
37 – Movie Marathons
Movie marathons are perfect for cosying up together on the couch – grab your favourite snacks, get some drinks ready and let the movies play.
You could go all out with themed movie marathons to really have a lot of fun together. There’s everything from Harry Potter marathons, to Disney marathons, to watching the entire Marvel series in order (my fave).
38 – Meditating
Meditating is great for both you and your partner to do together – it’s a way of getting out of our busy lives and just slowing down.
There are tons of free meditation apps and videos that you can watch together, or you can join in with each other’s meditation sessions.
Romantic Hobbies For Couples
When it comes to hobbies for couples, never underestimate the value of a good old romantic hobby.
39 – Romantic Massage
Spoil yourselves with a romantic massage in the comfort of your own home.
You can really go all out and get some special oils (and even flower petals) – or you can just use coconut oil, grab your favorite playlist and enjoy an afternoon to yourselves.
40 – Sunrise/Sunset Picnics
There’s nothing quite like a romantic picnic to really show your love for one another.
You can be as creative or simple as you want with this – add in some rosé, grab a blanket and find somewhere quiet with a view to sit and watch the day turn into night.
41 – Chats In Front Of A Fireplace
If you’ve got a fireplace, put it to use by gathering some blankets and sitting in front of it with your partner – then let the talking happen.
You can drink wine, or hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course), and talk about anything that comes to mind.
42 – Write Love Letters To Each Other
Write love letters to each other and leave them somewhere for your partner to find.
You could even add in some “love coupons” that they can redeem, or just let your feelings flow down onto the page.
43 – Breakfast In Bed
Breakfast in bed is a classic romantic hobby, and it’s a great way to start the day. You could even plan out your breakfast in bed menu beforehand – do you want pancakes? Or toast? Maybe both!
Then just get cooking together, have some fun and enjoy yourselves.
44 – Do A Conversation Challenge
This is a great way to strengthen your relationship. Using prompts like these conversation starters, take turns in asking a question, and then take time to talk about it.
You could challenge yourselves to pick one question from the list each day and make the time each day to have a conversation.
45 – Write Your Love Story
This is something you could do together, or on your own if you want to be really creative. Pick a prompt like ‘our perfect day’ or ‘our song’, and then think of all the memories connected to that moment.
You can use this in a scrapbook for yourselves, write it out in a letter to each
46 – Create Your Own Scavenger Hunt
Start by giving yourselves a list of items that you need to collect, or places that you need to go – then go hunting for them! You could also do this in your city and find some random things around your landmarks.
Just give yourselves fun clues and challenges along the way.
Fun Hobbies For Couples
While most things on this list would fall under the category of ‘fun hobbies’ there are a few extras we can add to give you even more ideas for new hobbies you can try!
47 – Double Date With Other Married Couples
Double dates are a great way to break the monotony of your regular date nights, and have even more fun.
This is a great way for both you and your partner to bond with other couples, and just enjoying each others company.
If you can find a couple that you can add another hobby in with – like outdoor adventures or game nights, then that’s even better!
48 – Take Dance Classes Together
Take some time to learn a new skill together with dance classes. Whether you’re leaning Latin ballroom, or getting down and dirty at a swing dancing class – this will be something that you can enjoy together.
Plus it’s physical, fun and could be out of your comfort zone.
49 – Start A Side Hustle Online Together
Ever dream of leaving your 9-5 and working for yourself? Or perhaps you have some financial goals you want to achieve even faster? Or maybe you just want a challenge or creative outlet?
Starting a side hustle together can be a great (and profitable) hobby!
Whether you start a blog, a YouTube Channel, sell physical products, create digital products, run local classes teaching skills or write your own books, the possibilities are endless.
50 – Visit An Animal Shelter
Showered with love from cute animals? Uh, yes please.
This is a great way to give back, bond together and have fun. Plus, you might even end up taking home a new pet (or just enjoy cuddles from cute animals without the commitment of a pet of your own).
51 – Host Dinner Parties Together
Why not host a dinner party together? You can cook together, decorate your home and have fun planning how you want the evening to go. You could even get a group of friends together and take turns at hosting.
Add a little challenge to your dinner parties by creating themes or even going all ‘Masterchef’ and scoring their meals (hopefully your friends can cook…).
52 – Create a ‘Word Of The Day’ Challenge
This is a great way to improve your vocabulary, and also have fun learning new words together.
Simply take turns in coming up with a word each day – it doesn’t matter if it’s long or difficult, just find the best word that you can. Then challenge yourselves to use that word in a conversation that day.
53 – Plan A Big Trip
While you can do this on your own, planning a big trip together gives you something more to look forward to and really get excited about.
For example, plan a trip around the world travelling by plane (replacing the backpacking days of your youth). You can pick places that you’ve always wanted to go or simply choose new destinations based on their food scene, museums, diversity or whatever tickles your fancy.
The goal of this is not only to have an amazing trip together but also to find great hobbies for couples that you can do on the road – learning new skills or creating hobbies with items you find at each location.
54 – Tell Campfire Stories
I call these campfire stories but really, if you have a fire pit in your backyard, you can create a beautiful and cosy atmosphere, snuggle up, and tell campfire stories right there in your own space.
Tell stories of experiences you’ve had, stories of dreams you want to achieve, or simply create stories you’d love to see come to life.
Storytelling is a beautiful way to connect with each other, and what better way to do this than around a fire?
55 – Watch The Sunrise
Sunrise is a beautiful time of day, and it’s also one of the most accessible hobbies on this list – you don’t need any equipment or gear to watch the sunrise, although if you wanted to dress up nice for each other or bring along some breakfast, that would be fun too.
You can go to a local lookout, use your balcony, or if you really want to experience magic, book a hot air balloon ride for sunrise.
You could even make it a challenge to find new ways to experience sunrises together.
Hopefully, this list of hobbies has given you some ideas and inspiration for all the exciting things you can do together.
Don’t forget to have fun – hobbies are supposed to bring joy so remember to have a good time!