For those looking for a comprehensive list of hobbies for men over 50, you are in the right place!
In this guide, I uncover many fulfilling hobbies that can be done after work hours, on the weekend, or even full-time if you have retired.
In this list, I have also tried to source hobbies for all levels of talent, personalities, budget, time commitment, and time commitment. But whatever hobby you pick, I’m sure it will bring you some satisfaction!
35 Easy To Start Hobbies For Men Over 50 In 2021
While this is definitely a cliche hobby for men, fishing can be a form of recreation and meditation while also putting some food on the table.
You can start this hobby with minimal equipment, just a rod, reel, and some choice accessories. A sporting goods store or a discount department store is a good place to find what you need including any state licenses required. You can also explore close by rivers, lakes, ponds, and fish farms if you are not close to an ocean.
TakeMeFishing.org is a fantastic resource for lots of information on starting fishing as a hobby.
Golf is a popular sport for a wide range of people, combining strategy, strength, and finesse. A great way to compete with friends while spending a fun day walking outdoors in pleasant surroundings.
Getting started is a little more expensive than other hobbies, since you need a variety of golf clubs, and will likely need to take care of lessons and course fees. Sporting stores or golf specialty shops are common sources for equipment and classes. Golf Digest magazine has beginner tutorials that can get you started in this hobby.
3. Photography / Videography
Photography, including videography, is an art form and a craft that requires an understanding of some science in order to take full advantage of all that’s available in this hobby. It’s a discipline that works well for either introverts or extroverts.
You can get started by reading books or viewing online articles about photography in general or some of the deeper variations of techniques and methods. We’ve also reviewed some great online photography and filmmaking starter courses. Initial costs can be high compared to other hobbies for men over 50, but it’s a hobby that can also make a little money for the practitioner of it.
PhotographyTalk.com is one of the hundreds of websites that allow you to learn from masters and pros eager to share their knowledge.
Gardening can include flower gardens for decoration or vegetable gardens to supplement your grocery fresh produce. While many think you need a yard to start, a nice sunny corner, porch, or even a balcony can also be great alternatives.
There is some physical labor involved which may get a little dirty, plus, maintenance chores such as weeding and pest control are part of the mix. The results can be quite satisfying, either with blooming flowers or tasty fresh herbs and vegetables. A good source for info is a local lawn and garden or big box store. SkillShare has some great online classes.
Making mouth-watering dishes can be complicated or simple with great results from either approach. A hot plate or a full kitchen can be utilized, some other accessory items can make the preparation easier, too.
Some recipes require lots of advanced planning, others can be “thrown together” at any time. It’s usually better to have some space to work in, but any size kitchen area will work. The magazine Bon Appétit has some helpful tips. We’ve got a guide for online cooking courses too!
6. Bike Riding
Exercise can be hobbies, biking can be started in urban, suburban, or rural areas. Safety is a major concern, some areas have specific regulations governing road use for bikers.
Some modern bikes are technological masterpieces, but you can probably find workable bicycles at a yard sale in your neighborhood. A helmet, glasses, high visibility clothing will add to the enjoyment by keeping safe while biking. Begin bike riding at any age with simple techniques taught online.
7. Carpentry / Woodworking
From making toys to furniture or buildings, woodworking of all sorts is a fascinating hobby to get into. The tools involved can be pricey, but they last a long time and can be used for profit, too.
If you’re interested in any major carpentry projects, you will probably do best with an area large enough to space out the tools and materials safely. Any of the big box stores have lots of tools and supplies, lumber yards are excellent sources as well. Craftsman Tools has a list of YouTube channels for learning carpentry and woodworking.
I was thinking about art on canvas as opposed to refinishing houses and rooms, but maybe you will make your art on walls as a mural. An easel, a stool, a palette, and an imagination are the essential tools. What type of paint will you choose? Watercolors or oil-based paints?
You can start on your own or look for community classes from art supply stores or local colleges. Search your local PBS station for old Bob Ross instructional videos or go to the Bob Ross YouTube channel.
Keep looking up! Access to the sky is the sole prerequisite for this engaging hobby. Telescopes, binoculars, and trips to remote viewing areas can involve some investment, but naked eye astronomy from your own backyard is fun and interesting and cost-free.
If you’re already any sort of science geek, this is fun to pursue individually or in local and online groups and clubs. With remote computer viewing options, you can engage in this hobby year-round. Sky & Telescope magazine has a fine beginner’s tutorial online for backyard astronomy.
Hand sewing is a chore we do to fix a button or a torn seam, but sewing on machines allows us to create whole items of clothing for ourselves. Patience and the ability to read and use patterns are keys to sewing successfully.
The equipment for sewing can be found in a variety of stores, online and brick and mortar, and also in neighborhood garage sales. Thread, bobbins, patterns, and material are all part of the costs involved. You can learn sewing in person at local stores and clubs or online at sites such as sewing.com
Chess is awesome entertainment and combines strategy, patience, and competition. You can play one-on-one, in tournaments, or against a computer and receive a level of enjoyment and satisfaction.
Getting started can be as simple as buying a chessboard and pieces and following the “How to Play” instructions included. Chess clubs, online or in person, are a lot of fun as well. Chess.com is one of the dozens of online resources to learn chess. Or perhaps you’d like to learn the game from grandmaster Gary Kasparov?
Flying drones and recording videos or still-images is government relegated for safety and security in many areas but offers lots of fun while flying and after by watching our videos. It’s kind of like a real-life video with eye-hand coordination being a necessary skill.
To get started, you need a drone, which can vary in price and sophistication, plus a license and training. In the U.S., the FAA has multiple resources online for training and certification.
It’s not just for grannies! As for hobbies for men over 50 go, knitting can be relaxing and refreshing, plus you get to keep what you make or give them as gifts.
You will need yarn, knitting needles, and a workbook or guidebook to show you the right techniques and patterns. Plus, be sure to invest in a classic wood rocking chair. Join Martha Stewart for a fun knitting class.
14. Wine Making
One of the oldest hobbies for men over 50, winemaking is fun before, during, and after the hobby. Access to ingredients, proper storage, and patience are basic requirements for this hobby.
Necessary gear can be found locally anywhere homebrewing supplies are sold, ingredients can be obtained at grocery stores, in vacant fields, and online. How To Make Wine At Home is a fun guide.
15. Vlogging / Blogging
If you can write, you can blog online, add video and you’re vlogging. The subject matter can be anything that you want, from teaching hobbies for men over 50 to interviews and games with friends.
Web access and a computer of some sort, even a smartphone counts, are the essentials, good ideas, and perhaps some wit is also helpful. Not surprised to see that YouTube has great tips on how to start vlogging.
16. Home Brewing
Homebrewing of beer is a different discipline than winemaking, but a lot of the principles are the same. You need patience, the right tools, and quality ingredients.
A good place to start is joining online or local groups of brewers associated with certain types of beers. The place you get your equipment probably has info on local groups. Adventures In Home Brewing has excellent tips and instructions.
17. Graphic Design
A job as a hobby? Graphic design can be a whole lot of fun for anyone leaning towards creativity, it is fun to do for yourself and friends. And if you start making money, then it qualifies as a side hustle.
While press and prepress still exist, the vast majority of graphic design is done on computer platforms. Some programs are free and others have low monthly subscription prices. Udemy hosts some free online graphic design courses.
Basic guitar skills are appreciated at campsites, small gatherings, and family night the world over. An acoustic guitar can be played anywhere at any time, but it may take a little effort to learn the chords.
Just pick up a guitar and start strumming, good guitars can be found in local music stores, these stores often have helpful people who will assist you in your choice. A course at Guitar Lessons .com will get you started with chords.
Geocaching is a high-tech version of treasure hunting with a little bit of hide-n-seek added in. It satisfies the desire for hunting, figuring out clues, and being in the great outdoors.
Start out by looking at Geochaching.com for geocaches nearby and then join in on the fun. Geocaching.com also has the best information for learning this fun hobby.
Creative writing, journaling, writing as a teaching tool or writing poetry and prose are ways to use our introspective skills as well as language and grammar skills.
You can get started with pencil and paper or any basic computer or tablet with their preloaded word processing apps. Cambridge Assessment is an interactive online tool to improve your writing by self-teaching. You can also see my guide on online writing classes.
21. Ballroom Dancing
With the exception of those whose hobbies include building humaniform robots, you will need a partner for developing this hobby, though it doesn’t have to be the same partner each time.
Parties, wedding receptions, or ballroom dancing schools are enjoyable ways to start this hobby. Learn To Dance is one of the many fine online dance sites.
22. Bird Watching
Bird watching, also known as birding, is one of the hobbies for men over 50 that has been available for hundreds of years for men with a love of nature and who seek out free time for this enjoyable pastime.
All you need to start is a place where birds might be and a method of identifying them. Audubon is the best source for birding info.
The ability to solve puzzles and search old writings will come in handy for this hobby. It’s very rewarding to learn about the past when it tells you something about yourself. Online resources have this hobby more accessible. Familysearch.org has all the tools and instruction needed to get going.
Science Fiction, graphic novels, sewing, and role-playing all come together in this enjoyable hobby. Just going to a convention and meeting other cosplayers can jumpstart your entry into cosplaying. WikiHow is an excellent place to learn the basics of cosplay.
As a hobby or a side hustle, beekeeping requires patience, a love of nature, and a fair amount of determination. Local associations will show you where to get hives, bees, and protective equipment. Bee Built is an online source for instruction and equipment.
You can collect anything, cameras, books, dolls, coins, or vinyl albums. All you need is an interest in something and the ability to find those things It’s very easy to start, just gather more than one of something that you really enjoy having. Use the info from the US Mint about coin collecting can be applied to collecting other things
27. Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a form of martial art used to refresh yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Practitioners can enjoy the movements individually or in groups. All you need to begin this hobby is a desire for harmony and a few minutes from your day. Harvard Health has information to help you start.
28. Learn a Language
A desire to learn and time to practice is all you need to learn another language. Dictionaries and computer programs can help you learn, so you can join a group of other people learning the language. Smartphone apps or language dictionaries are a great place to start. Coursera has lots of different language classes for whichever one interests you.
29. Volunteer / Mentoring
One of the most rewarding hobbies for men over 50, becoming a mentor benefits everyone involved. It will probably also need the most commitment of time and energy of all the hobbies. You can find many organizations needing mentors with a simple online search. Mentoring.org has a lot of valuable information for anyone reaching out for this worthwhile endeavor.
30. Chainsaw Carving
A tree stump, a chainsaw, and safety goggles, all that and a sense of art are all that’s needed for this exciting hobby. Believe it or not, you can actually take classes for this hobby. Chainsaw manufacturer Husqvarna has some tips to get started.
31. Weight Lifting
Whether for strength, body sculpting, or simply for fun, weight lifting has benefits for men over 50. All it takes to get started are the weights themselves, though a gym membership can give you access to specialty machines for certain targeted exercises. Men’s Health magazine has great tips and instructions.
32. Antiquing / Picking / Thrift Store Flipping
Unless you have your own TV show about picking, it’s not likely to bring in much money but you sure will have fun trying. Travel, research, investment are all part of what goes into antiquing.
An interest in the things from everyday life years ago will get you started, a little money will keep you going in picking. Some excellent ideas are in Reader’s Digest.
33. Grilling / Smoking
A different skill than kitchen cooking, grilling, and smoking appeals directly to the primal fire urges of men over 50. Cooking with fire that is. You can get started with a simple backyard charcoal grill or a hibachi on your porch. Weber has good hints for proper grilling. I also took this excellent Texas-style BBQ Masterclass with Aaron Franklin which upped my pit master game dramatically.
34. Car Restoration
If you have a love of classic cars and a little bit of extra money, car restoration can fill up as much time as a hobby that you’re willing to give. If you want, you might make a little money back by reselling after restoration.
You have probably already started if you’re into classic vehicles, as a hobby you’re just putting more into it. Classic Car Restoration Club has information that can point you in the right direction.
35. Stock Market
The stock market has many opportunities for entertainment with the possibility to make money on a side hustle. Certain regulations and licenses may apply to this discipline. Nerd Wallet can walk you through the basics of playing the stock market.