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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 (highlighted in the diagram), 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. We welcome your ideas.
All Category and Sub-Category text in the below table are clickable links.
|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, Stand-up comedy|
|Visual||Calligraphy, Coloringm, 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|