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Judy, a friend of mine, has been married for five years, and she has no complaints except that she felt they did very little together as a couple. Watching her husband flicking through his phone for long periods was becoming the norm.
They weren’t even talking to each other. That’s when she realized it was time to shake things up and start doing things together.
Are you in a similar situation? Or do you know of another couple stuck in a rut? Maybe you feel like life is becoming too predictable as you move through the motions of your daily routine.
The answer is simple: You need to incorporate some fun hobbies for couples into your life. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of 45 of the best hobbies for couples to share together.
And hey, don’t stress if some hobbies aren’t for you. It’s all part of the fun of discovering each other‘s needs and wants.
What Are Hobbies?
Hobbies are activities you do for fun, relaxation, and enjoyment. It’s a reason to slow down and focus on things that are important to you. Doing hobbies as a couple is a way of saying, “I value our time together, so let’s do something we love.”
By trying out new hobbies, we discover new skills and ways to do things. Sharing your hobbies with your partner is fulfilling and rewarding at the same time.
Benefits of Having a Hobby (or Two)
Having a hobby or two provides the following benefits:
45 Best Hobbies for Couples
Let’s not waste any more time, and jump straight into the 45 best hobbies for couples to share together:
There’s nothing more inspiring (and romantic) than seeing the world through another’s eyes. What better way to bond with your partner than by heading out on an overlanding adventure? Picture 4x4ing and camping all rolled into one while exploring remote destinations.
It’s vehicle-based exploration at its finest. Part of the fun is rigging your vehicle out for the trip and planning your route. So shake things up by stepping out of your everyday life, and go and discover new places (and each other).
2. Trail Running
Trail running is an adventurous way to take regular running up a couple of notches, and doing this with a partner is transformative. Yeah, it might not be the best way to engage in a convo (being out of breath and all that), but it’s amazing keeping up with your partner while blazing a new trail.
Plus, the scenery is breathtaking and so good for improving your endurance levels and relieving stress. It’s not all about running. You should also stop and enjoy the view (and take some photos of the two of you).
3. ATV Riding
How do sharp bends, lots of dust, and rocky hills sound? Great, right? If you’re looking for a hobby you can do together as a couple to get your heart pumping, look no further than trying ATV riding.
These all-terrain vehicles can tackle any terrain thrown its way, and the best part is you can take turns driving it (if you’re brave enough). You have two options, either follow one another or ride on a two-seater ATV (they’re super comfy).
I suggest the 2-seater so you can wrap your arms around your partner’s waist and feel the wind whip through your hair.
4. Rock Climbing and Belaying
Rock climbing is the ultimate trust-building hobby for couples. You’ll need to work together and take turns being the belayer (the partner controlling the rope) and the climber. Communication plays a big part when it comes to rock climbing, as you need to be aware of your partner at all times.
If you’re feeling a little nervous about dangling from the first cliff face you find, train in an indoor setting first so you can get to grips with this new hobby.
5. Laser Tag
If you love the thrill of paintball but hate the mess and the pain, then laser tag is the game to play. You only need two players (but you can add more if you like). Each player is given a vest that has sensors.
If the opponent (your partner) hits a sensor with their laser gun, then your pack will shut down temporarily (in other words, run), and they get a point. Whoever gets the most points wins.
Warning: This game can be highly addictive and competitive (but nothing like some healthy competition between lovers, right?) Check out this video on a typical game of laser tag.
6. White River Rafting
White river rafting is an adrenaline-packed hobby that’ll sometimes have you and your partner hanging on for dear life. Communication and trust are at the forefront of this hobby. You’ll have to navigate rushing waters while keeping your inflatable raft upright.
The best part is neither of you will be on your cell phone (obviously). You’ll be disconnected from the technological world and fully engaged with your surroundings and one another. There’s nothing like a little rafting magic to reignite the romance.
7. Escape Rooms
Teamwork, baby; that’s what being in a relationship is all about. How about trying out Escape Rooms (also known as riddle rooms)? Basically, you go to the location of the riddle room, and you’re locked inside with your partner.
The aim of the game is to work together to solve puzzles, discover clues, and accomplish tasks to escape to another room. If this sounds intriguing, then check out this list of available Escape Rooms near you.
Did I mention there’s a time limit? (#NoPressure)
If you and your partner love the great outdoors, you must give canyoneering a go. You are very mistaken if you thought this was about walking through a canyon. Canyoneering is about utilizing various techniques to travel through a canyon.
This could include scrambling, rappelling, and using your partner’s counterweight to shimmy down a flowing waterfall (yup, you read right.) This hobby will give you many wonderful memories and photo-worthy moments.
9. Mountain Biking
Another thrilling hobby is mountain biking. It’s a great way to get out of the house and ride into nature. Mountain biking can be so much more than a hobby; it becomes a lifestyle and a beautiful one to share with your partner.
If you aren’t that fit and feel you’ll slow your partner down, then get an E-bike. They give you that extra burst of power on the hills. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see their honeybun in Lycra shorts?
Hobbies for Nature Lovers
Don’t you think walking along the beach hand in hand is both romantic and therapeutic? Same. Well, beachcombing can be a fun way to find hidden treasures together. It’s best to Google the beach’s tide timetable to know when the best time is to head out.
You’ll be amazed by some of the things the two of you will find. Things like shells and sea glass make excellent wind chimes or decorations in your garden. You don’t need much to beach comb. Just the two of you and time (and maybe a basket to carry your loot in.)
Birdwatching is a great way to connect with your partner and nature. There is something so calming about watching birds in their natural environment. Purchase a bird handbook to identify the ones you see, or download a bird-identifying app on your iOS or Android phone.
I love to sketch the birds I spot, and then my partner writes quirky details about them (or vice versa.)
Life can get hectic sometimes, and we forget to smell the flowers (well, in this case, putting your feet on the grass). Earthing or grounding is so crucial for our physical and mental health, and it doesn’t take much to do at all.
So take off your shoes, put on some good music, and take your partner’s hand. Pick a peaceful spot in your garden and plant your feet into the grass or soil. Hold your partner and sway while you listen to music and catch up on your day.
This is a fabulous way to connect with the earth and your partner. Watch this documentary if you’d like some more information on the benefits of earthing.
Good to know: If you don’t have a garden, you can purchase grounding mats for your home.
If you love camping as a couple but don’t do it often because of the rustic element, then you should try glamping. Glamping is camping but with all the luxuries included. So, you’ll have the camping experience of being in the great outdoors, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a bubble bath for two under the stars.
Remember that glamping will be a bit more expensive than regular camping (and you won’t need any of your own equipment.)
You get gardening, and then you get topiary, which takes gardening to another level. Luckily, this hobby doesn’t require green fingers. You do, however, need a vision. Topiary is the technical practice of training plants to grow into a particular shape.
This is done by clipping the leaves and branches of plants. You and your partner can get creative by designing fancy shapes. It’s kinda like growing a bonsai tree on a larger scale. This is a great way to work together and discuss things without distractions.
Practicing acroyoga with your partner is an excellent way to increase intimacy and emotional strength in your relationship. This physical practice brings acrobatics and yoga together in a beautiful flow.
Look for classes in your local area, and once you’re confident with the moves, you can start practicing at home (or on the beach or in your yard). Doing acroyoga will benefit both of you physically and mentally.
Kitesurfing (or kiteboarding) is a great way to get the two of you out of the house and mingle with an awesome group of people. The kitesurfing community is very motivating and supportive. This hobby is a mix between paragliding, windsurfing, and wakeboarding.
Watching, supporting, and motivating your partner to reach new heights will do wonders for your relationship. It’s also a great way to get fit together. By doing kitesurfing regularly, you’ll decrease your stress levels, making it easier to communicate with one another.
The best way to get started is by brushing up on your skateboarding skills.
Working on your bushcraft skills is a great way to hone in on your survival instincts. It’s also a good way to learn more about your person. Each of you will have specific tasks that need to be completed, such as tracking, fishing, shelter-building, and foraging.
If your partner is better at bushcraft than you, it’s nice to give them a chance to show off their skills. And you can learn from them, making them feel good too!
Snorkeling is a relaxed and fun way to spend time with your partner. You’ll get to explore the beautiful underwater world while swimming alongside your soul mate (is there anything more perfect?)
Snorkeling in open water will require trust and communication with your partner. So before diving straight in, it’s best to start snorkeling on the water’s surface until you’re confident enough.
In the Name of Fun Hobbies
19. Couples Fencing Class
Taking on fencing as a couple is like playing a game of physical chess. It’s about knowing your partner and predicting their next move. It’s an honorable sport, and respect is of the utmost importance.
The idea is to avoid being touched by your partner (talk about sexual tension) and try to disarm them with strategically planned moves.
Check out this article if you’d like to read up on more benefits of this hobby.
20. Cooking Classes
Cooking can be such an intimate and sexy hobby. It brings out your creative side and lets you play with different flavors and textures. Watching your partner enjoy a meal you put together is very rewarding (cue: release of dopamine and norepinephrine, both of which are feel-good hormones) and provides a sense of romance and accomplishment.
There are so many different types of cooking classes available locally or online. Test your new skills by bringing each other breakfast in bed (whipped cream and strawberries, anyone?)
21. Puzzle Building
Two brains are better than one, right? When it comes to puzzle building, most definitely. Building puzzles as a couple activates those problem-solving and reasoning skills. It’s a great way to sit close to one another, enjoy a glass of wine and talk while you try to fit the pieces together.
If you are pros at puzzle building, why not up your game by trying out a widget puzzle? It will blow your mind.
What can be more fun than standing on a stage with your partner in crime and belting out Queen B’s “Single Ladies”?
Couples karaoke nights will take you out of your comfort zone in a fun and memorable way. There’ll be dancing, laughing, and talking between songs.
Karaoke is an active hobby that stimulates the feel-good hormones and gives your memory a workout as you try to recall the words to songs. And there can be lots of giggles if you get the lyrics wrong.
23. Build Lego
If you thought building Lego was just for kids, think again. There are so many unique Lego sets to choose from, such as the Game of Thrones set or Star Wars.
Building them is so much fun, and working together makes it much easier. Besides, there’s a lot of touching, problem-solving, fun quarreling, and deep thinking involved.
It’s a hobby that involves most of the five love languages.
24. Go Dancing
Dancing is the language of love for a reason. It opens up communication channels between you in a more sensual way. Learning to follow and lead is important in a relationship, and handing over the reins to your partner is a sign of adoration and respect.
You don’t need to go to a fancy dance studio to dance (unless you want to). Simply twirling around the lounge or kitchen in your partner’s arms is lovely.
Dancing as a hobby takes time out of your day to appreciate one another.
25. LARP (Live Action Role Playing)
If you and your partner are fantasy movie or game fans, you must give LARPing a go. It’s a fantastic way to extend your friend circle and get lost in a fantasy world. You’ll need to dress up as your favorite character and portray them in a real-life setting.
There’ll be tasks, games, and epic battles. Be prepared, as people take this very seriously and go as far as changing their accents and the way they walk. It’s the perfect way to make your relationship extraordinary.
26. Play Tennis
Tennis is a fantastic way to interact with your partner face-to-face, and it has many health benefits. This hobby allows you to have healthy competition and show off your strengths. Playing tennis with your partner can bring out different sides of your relationship.
You might be competitive or challenge one another to do better. Or you might cheer your partner on and boost them. Placing your relationship on a tennis court is a great way to get to know one another on a closer level.
Paintball is fast, sneaky, and messy, and it can be painful at times. But it also provides hours of stress relief and fun. Saying that paintball relieves stress and is relaxing sounds crazy, but hear me out.
When a relationship feels like it’s gone stagnant, there’s no better way to rekindle the flame than by firing paintball shots at one another. All that pent-up frustration goes out the window, and you find yourself relaxing and laughing as you dodge the oncoming onslaught of paintballs.
If you play for the same side, you can put your heads together and form a strategic plan to take down the opposing team.
Hobbies at Home
28. Kombucha Brewing
Brewing kombucha at home is a fun and rewarding hobby to do as a couple. Kombucha is a sweet-tasting fermented tea that’s made with a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). Get creative and experiment with some new flavors like lavender lemon.
Watching your scoby grow (it looks almost like a placenta) as you care for and feed it is also part of the fun. Here’s a simple guide on how to make your own scoby and flavored kombucha.
29. Skip Rope
Skip rope is the perfect way to motivate one another to stay fit. This hobby can be done anywhere in your home and doesn’t take up much space. Plus, there are plenty of neat tricks that you can learn to improve your skipping speed.
Facing one another while you skip will motivate you to push harder and show off your skipping skills. This isn’t an expensive hobby; you only need a skipping rope, a good pair of shoes, and a water bottle.
Here’s an easy tutorial to help you get started.
30. Start Twitching
Starting a Twitch account with your partner is a great way to get those creative juices flowing. Twitch is a space where millions of people interact and make their own entertainment and content for others to see.
You can make short films, write stories, and play games. Any content you feel passionate about as a couple, you can stream. There are genres like lifestyle content, DIY, and music. This video explains everything you’ll need to get started with your joint Twitch account.
31. Home Renovations
Doing home renovations together as a couple is a wonderful way to learn more about one another’s likes and dislikes. It involves planning, shopping, and ultimately building a life together. Sure, sometimes you disagree with things, but that’s how a relationship works. You can’t like everything little thing your partner does.
Doing home renovations also teaches you to find the middle of the line and make compromises as a couple. There are plenty of DIY guides and videos you can follow when you tackle a section of your home.
32. Crosswords or Sudoku
Sitting on the couch reading crossword puzzle questions out loud while your partner rubs your feet is pure bliss. Finding the answer together is a fabulous way to fight boredom and distress. It’s a great exercise to stimulate your brain and develop critical reasoning skills.
Sometimes that different outlook from your partner can give you the clearest (and sometimes most obvious) answer. Sudoku is also a fun game to focus on during some quiet time.
33. Couple’s Podcast
If you enjoy listening to podcasts, why not create your own? Podcasts are a fun way to discuss topics from a couple’s point of view. You could even talk about some of the ups and downs of being in a relationship from your perspective.
Creating a podcast as a couple helps with the nervous jitters, and it’s also super handy if one of you focuses on the content and the other on the technological aspect of running a podcast.
34. Create a YouTube Channel
YouTube has taken off over the last couple of years, and so many couples vlog about their everyday lives. Creating a YouTube channel will encourage you and your partner to go out and experience new things.
Whether hiking up the side of a volcano or showing the audience how to cook your favorite tacos, there is always something you can put out there. Planning your content and putting it together is a lot of fun.
35. Play Video Games
A great hobby for Friday nights is playing video games. There are so many different games to choose from that you’ll never get bored. This is a nice way to connect with your partner and zone out from the real world for a couple of hours.
Playing virtual reality games can also be fun (watch your partner swipe at invisible enemies and duck from danger.)
36. Movie Night
Snuggling under a blanket with your loved one and watching a good movie is the perfect way to end a busy day. Depending on the type of movie you choose, you’ll either hide under the blankets or hang on to the edge of your seat.
Watching movies is a great conversation starter as you discuss any feelings the film stirred up for you.
Hobbies to Set the “Mood”
37. Go Stargazing
Lying on a blanket and stargazing with your partner is very romantic. Something about staring into the endless night sky and watching the stars shine makes you want to profess your love.
You don’t need to go overboard with this hobby; just hold your partner’s hand and enjoy what nature has to offer (as often as possible.)
38. Wine and Cheese Tasting
Going wine and cheese tasting as a couple is an excellent way to shake off all the stress and tension from a busy week. It’s also a perfect mood setter, as it’s a known fact that drinking wine (in moderation) can enhance your sexual desire.
There are plenty of establishments and vineyards that have beautiful wine and cheese tasting setups.
39. Partner Connection Exercise
Doing a partner connection exercise as a couple will help you slow down, appreciate and connect with one another on a deeper level. This calm practice will teach you to control your breath and become more aware of your body and your partners.
This video shows a simple routine that you can use.
40. Playing Touch
Touch is vital in romantic relationships, and it’s a way of showing your partner that you care for them and accept them as they are. A touch can be as gentle as running a feather along your partner’s collarbone or hugging them.
It’s a way to connect with your partner on a physical level.
41. Body Painting
A sure way to set the mood is by taking up a body painting hobby (and I’m talking about the chocolatey kind). Slowly painting your partner with edible paint is a turn on, and licking it off seals the deal.
Try making some yummy edible body paint at home.
42. Read Aloud to Each Other
Reading aloud to your partner is sexy and seductive (especially if you choose a steamy romance novel).
Read slowly and in a husky voice to capture your partner’s attention. If your reading skills are on point, they won’t be able to hold themselves back once the book closes.
Psst, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is a goodie.
Indulging in role-playing is beneficial for you as a couple. Dressing up as different characters allows you to try things you never imagined, and this hobby will definitely spice up your sex life.
Role-playing and getting into character is a huge confidence booster and makes you feel sexy.
44. Play with Clay (Pottery)
Okay, so if you haven’t seen the scene from the movie Ghost (with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore), where have you been, and need I say more? Playing (or should I say foreplay) with clay is just sexy.
Watching someone manipulate clay between their fingers to make something beautiful is swoon-worthy. This hobby should be at the top of your couple’s hobby list.
45. Tantric Massage
Last but not least is tantric massage. This erotic full body massage focuses on physical touch. There are different ways and levels that are designed to harness sexual energy within the body. By practicing and learning these massage techniques, you’ll deepen the intimacy between the two of you.
This is a mindful way to build trust and respect between you as you become more comfortable with your partner’s body (and your own).
Final Thoughts on Hobbies for Couples to Share
So there you have it… 45 of the best hobbies for couples, and there’s plenty of time to try them all. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get comfortable (and busy) in your everyday schedules (and it becomes quite mundane). Instead of automatically reaching for your phone in those “boring” moments, go out and do one of your hobbies instead.
Relationships take work, and that’s why you must try and change things up every now and then. Besides, a hobby should be something fun that you both look forward to doing together. If you enjoyed this article and are looking for more ideas on activities you can do together, check out our guide on 69 fun activities to do together or 23 cheap hobbies to pick up today.