Social hobbies are a great way to learn new skills and make new friends. They can help you get more out of life and become a more interesting person.
See our main guide for tips on how to be more social.
If you’re looking for hobby inspiration, here are the best recommendations for getting started.
Book clubs make it easy to socialize and connect with others. Everyone reads the same book and then meets up to discuss it. Usually, there is food and mingling involved.
To find a book club near you, you can start by checking with your local library or check out book clubs on Meetup.com. You might also consider starting your own book club.
If you like running, consider joining a running club. These clubs have become more popular in recent years, and there’s probably one in your city. Some focus more on building social ties, whereas others focus more on specific training.
This article by Runner’s World offers practical tips for finding the best running club for you.
Volunteering is a great way to socialize with other people and give back to your community. If you like animals, consider volunteering at the local rescue. If you enjoy helping others, think about volunteering at a homeless shelter or local school.
VolunteerMatch is a good starting point for finding opportunities near you.
If you played team sports when you were younger, you might like playing them again. Even if you have no athletic experience, many cities have beginner leagues for sports like soccer, basketball, or softball.
Improv classes aren’t just for hardcore comedians. Improv is a great social hobby for people who want to disconnect at the end of the workday. As a bonus, this activity will definitely force you out of your comfort zone. As a result, you might improve your public speaking skills and self-confidence. Improv on Meetup.com.
Indoor climbing gyms are known to be friendly, social places. If you’re top-roping or lead climbing, you’ll need a belayer to support you. If you boulder (no harness), people are on the ground and happy to help. Many gyms also host special events like dinners, tournaments, and themed climbing activities.
See this list of rock climbing meetups.
If you enjoy random facts, trivia might be perfect for you. Many bars, pubs, and restaurants host weekly trivia nights. Teams compete against one another to win. Even if you show up alone, you can always ask to join a group. Most participants are very friendly and eager to meet new people.
See this list of trivia meetups.
Bowling is a great social hobby, especially if you decide to join a league. Whenever you’re not on the lane, you’re usually sitting, watching, and hanging out with teammates. It’s a low-pressure way to make new friends.
See this list of bowling meetups.
Many yarn shops offer classes or clubs. Some places allow customers to knit or crochet inside after shopping. If you enjoy knitting or crocheting, or you want to learn, it’s a great way to make new friends who also enjoy it!
See this list of knitting meetups.
Golfing can be a fun social hobby. You’re out on the driving range or golf course for several hours, and it’s a laid-back way to talk to others. If you have a friend who golfs, ask if you can tag along to get a feel for the sport before buying the equipment.
For more on getting started, check out this guide for beginners by Golf Digest.
If you want to make friends during or after college, here are some of the best hobbies to consider trying. This list is suitable for people in their 20s, 30s, or 40s.
Board games are a great way for friends to come together and connect. They don’t require a lot of money or planning, and it’s easy for new people to join.
Meetup has many game night groups. You can also start your own. Reach out to a few friends and set a night to play. Ask everyone to bring an appetizer and drink and commit to having a night at least once a month.
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If you like to express your thoughts, consider blogging, podcasting, or influencing on social media. Content creation blends creativity with socialization. If you build a big enough fanbase, you might also be able to monetize your work.
Yoga is a great way to decompress and become more present in your daily life. If you’re really busy, it’s important to learn how to slow down and breathe.
Yoga communities tend to be tight-knit and compassionate to one another. Even if you don’t have any previous experience, anyone can learn yoga. The more you practice, the more confident you’ll feel on the mat. Most studios offer a trial class. Try a few different studios to find the one that feels right to you.
See this list of yoga meetups.
If you’re an introvert, it’s important to find hobbies that won’t overwhelm you with lots of people or too much socialization. Here are some of our top suggestions.
Also, see our list of activities for introverts.
Cycling is a great way to get exercise without needing to talk to people the entire time. Usually, cyclists ride together and then stop for breakfast or lunch. You can find a group at your local bike shop or by searching online for local groups in your area.
Most video games have a socialization aspect, but you can engage in these interactions as little or as much as you want. If you’re trying to make new friends, some people also find it easier to practice their social skills online.
Fitness classes can be great for people who enjoy working out but don’t want to socialize the entire time. Usually, people chat before and after the class, and you can follow-up with someone if you enjoy their company.
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If you’re in your 40s, 50s, or 60s, and looking to socialize with more people, consider these social hobbies.
Organized travel tours allow you to explore new places and make new friends. You will be riding on the same buses or trains. You’ll also be eating meals and participating in excursions together.
There are many different kinds of travel tours. This guide by Frommer’s can help you narrow down your options.
If you like sports but don’t necessarily want to play them, you should consider getting involved in referring or coaching. Some of these positions pay, but you can also volunteer.
Meditation has so many benefits like less stress, more happiness, and a greater sense of purpose. Many community centers and places of worship offer meditation classes. While meditation is a solo activity, many people mingle before and after classes.
Spending quality time with your partner while socializing with other people can be great for your relationship and overall self-esteem. Here are some suggestions.
Dance classes can help strengthen the intimacy in your relationship. Even if you don’t have any rhythm, you’ll learn something, and you’ll probably have fun doing it. It’s also a great way to meet other couples. Check with your local community center to see if they have any classes.
Cooking classes can also be very intimate and fun. You’ll learn new dishes to make, and the classes provide easy opportunities for talking to other people. Many culinary schools offer cooking classes. You can also search for one online.
Tennis is a great sport for couples to play. It’s easy to learn, and it’s fun to practice together. If you hang out on the court enough, you’ll find people who will want to play either singles or doubles games.
You can still socialize if money is tight. Let’s get into some of the best free or low-cost options.
Hiking is a low-cost activity. While serious hiking requires more extensive gear and equipment, you really only need water, a pair of hiking boots, and a backpack to get started. Hiking with others is also safer than hiking alone, especially if you’re going somewhere new.
Meetup has many hiking groups if you’re interested in joining one.
Writing can cost virtually nothing, and it’s a great way to express your creativity. Writing groups have different formats, but usually, they consist of sharing and critiquing each other’s work.
People often advertise groups in local libraries or coffeehouses. You can also search online for a writing group in your city.
Geocaching is like a worldwide treasure hunt where you use your GPS to find specific items. People hide items everywhere- in trees, trash cans, pipes, underground!
It’s a fun activity to do with friends, but you can also do it alone, and there are no time restrictions. You can learn more about the community on the Geocaching website.
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