Here is a reference list of hobbies categorised primarily based on the research work of Dr. Robert Stebbins called Serious Leisure.  Dr. Stebbins defines Series Leisure as a systematic pursuit of an amateur, hobbyist or volunteer that is substantial, rewarding and results in a sense of accomplishment.   Here is a top-down view of the categorisation.

While we maintain the same 5 top-level categories for a Hobbyist, the sub-categories may be slightly different.  Each Category or Sub-Category has a dedicated page – just click on the name to navigate.  Search on this page for any hobby and let us know if we’re missing something.


Category Sub-Category Hobbies
Collecting   Physical Action figures, Antiquities, Art, Books, Cards, Coins, Comic books, Deltiology (postcards), Elements, Flags, Flowers (pressed), Insects, Mineral, Movie and movie memorabilia, Stamps (Philately), Sea glass, Seashells, Stones, Toys, Video games, Vintage cars
  Record Genealogy, Scrapbooking, Movie and movie memorabilia, Music/Audio Records, Video games
  Spotting Aircraft spotting, Amateur astronomy, Bird watching, Bus spotting, Dowsing (ground water), Foraging, Geocaching (GPS), Ghost hunting, Gongoozling (canals), Herping (reptiles), Metal detecting, Microscopy, Mushroom hunting/mycology, Satellite watching, Shortwave listening, Train spotting
Making   Clothing Crocheting, Cross-stitch, Embroidery, Fashion, Jewelry making, Knitting, Lacemaking, Leather crafting, Macrame, Quilling, Quilting, Sewing, Tatting
  Cooking Baking, Coffee roasting, Cooking, Home brewing, Kombucha brewing, Wine making
  Garden Gardening, Hydroponics, Topiary
 Model 3D printing, Blacksmithing, Candle making, Carving, Do It Yourself, Glassblowing, Lapidary (stones and gems), Lego building, Machining, Metalworking, Model building, Origami, Pottery, Rock balancing, Taxidermy, Whittling, Woodworking
  Utility Amateur radio, Auto audiophilia, Book restoration, Computer programming, Electronics, Gunsmithing, High-power rocketry, Home building, Knife making, Soapmaking, Vehicle restoration
Activity   Animal Animal fancy, Beekeeping, Fishing, Fishkeeping, Herp keeping, Horseback riding, Hunting, Pet, Whale watching
  Outdoor Backpacking, BASE jumping, Camping, Canyoning, Climbing, Driving, Flying, Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain biking, Mountaineering, Rafting, Rappelling, Rock climbing, Sailing, Scouting, Scuba diving, Skydiving, Slacklining, Tour skating, Zipline
  Travel Cruise, Excursion, Exploration, Holidaying, Pilgrimage, Road Trip, Traveling, Touring, Sightseeing, Vacation
Play   Fitness Aerobics, Bodybuilding, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Gymnastics, Jogging, Judo, Martial arts, Powerlifting, Running, Taekwondo, Tai chi, Walking, Weightlifting, Yoga, Zumba
  Games Board/tabletop games, Bridge, Card games, Cheerleading, Chess, Color guard, Cosplaying, Crossword, Cryptography, Debate, Exhibition drill, Fantasy sports, Gaming (tabletop games and role-playing games), Go, Hunting, Kite flying, LARPing, Laser tag, Letterboxing, Mahjong, Marbles, Model aircraft, Poker, Puzzles, Radio-controlled car, Slot car racing, Spinning top, Speedcubing, Stone skipping, Treasure hunt, Video gaming, Yo-yo
  Sports Air sports, Airsoft, Archery, Auto racing, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Billiards, Board sports, Bowling, Boxing, Cricket, Curling, Cycling, Darts, Disc golf, Dog sport, Equestrianism, Fencing, Flying disc, Footbag, Football, Golfing, Handball, Hockey, Hooping, Horseback riding, Ice hockey, Jukskei, Kabaddi, Kart racing, Lacrosse, Motor sports, Netball, Orienteering, Paintball, Parkour, Polo, Pool, Racquetball, Road biking, Roller derby, Rowing, Rugby, Shooting, Skating, Skiing, Soccer, Sport stacking, Squash, Surfing, Swimming, Table tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball, Water polo, Water sports
Arts   Dance Ballet, Ballroom, Baton twirling, Belly, Break dancing, Bharatanatyam, Bollywood, Cabaret, Cha cha, Contemporary, Folk, Free style, Fusion, Hip hop, Jazz, Jive, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, Latin, Odissi, Poi, Salsa, Troupe, Rock n Roll, Rhumba, Waltz
  Music Alternative, Bands, Bass, Blues, Bollywood, Carnatic, Classical, Country, Drums, Electro, Flute, Fusion, Jazz, Kanjira, Ghatam, Guitar, Hindustani, Metal, Morsing, Mridangam, Latin, Nadaswaram, Pop, R&B, Rock, Singing, Saxophone, Soul, Tabla, Vocal, Veena, Violin
  Theatre Acting, Drama, Juggling, Knife throwing, Magic, Marching band, Puppetry, Stage shows, Stand-up comedy
  Visual Calligraphy, Colouring, Digital arts, Drawing, Flower arranging, Graffiti, Painting, Movie making, Photography, Sand art, Sculpting, Sketching
  Literary Astrology, Creative writing, Language learning, Meteorology, Reading, Videophilia, Watching television, Web surfing, Worldbuilding, Writing