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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.

SLP Diagram by Jenna Hartel

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.


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, 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



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