Model Trains and 7 Other Ideas For Your Next Great Hobby


If you are finding yourself with some extra free time, or you feel bored on the weekends with nothing to do, perhaps it’s time for a new hobby. Hobbies are a great way to add something fun into your life, meet new people, and give yourself something to do between work hours. If you’re not sure of which hobby to take up, here are a few suggestions to consider.

Learn A Musical Instrument

For starters, you could learn to play an instrument. Nowadays there are plenty of free tools online or through your phone/tablet that you can use to help you learn, or you could follow the traditional method and take a class. It will be slow going at first, but over time you’ll get better, and eventually be able to play some great music all on your own.

Rock Climbing

If you’re the more adventurous sort, perhaps you’d like to try rock climbing. There are establishments all over the country where you can go indoor rock climbing, doing so in a safe environment, while also getting a great workout. Once you’ve graduated from those, you can find an area near you to climb some real rocks, and propel yourself to some amazing heights.

Hiking or Camping

For those of you that like the idea of doing something outdoors, but rock climbing is a bit too much, consider just going for a hike, or spending the night camping. There are hiking trails all over the country, although you may have to drive a bit to find a good one near you. You don’t need much to go hiking, just a good pair of shoes, some water, and a good sense of direction.

As for camping, you’ll need some more supplies, but this is a great hobby to do with others. You can get away from the modern world for a few nights, and enjoy the outdoors with some friends or family.

Model Trains

Perhaps you’re looking for a nice, quiet hobby to take up, something you can do in your spare time from your home. If so, consider model trains. Model trains are great to collect, and look great when they are all set up. You are never done building your collection, and can always find new trains to add by visiting a model train store. You’ll need plenty of space to set up your trains, and need to invest some money if you really want to take your hobby to another level, but if this is where your passion lies, we say go for it.

Drone Flying

Rather than trains, why not take to the skies with a drone? Drones have become pretty popular over the past few years, and for good reason. They don’t take long to learn how to fly, and can provide you with a fun afternoon outdoors. If you get a model with a camera on it, you can even record some amazing footage of the surrounding area. To learn more about drone flying, check out this starter’s guide.

Go For A Run

Running is a simple hobby to take up, but can come with a lot of benefits. You’ll not only get into better shape, but you’ll feel better as a result. All you need to start running is some good running shoes and the open road. As you get better, you can start signing up for local races, such as a 5K, and push yourself to reach a goal.


Archery is a hobby that requires skill, concentration and patience. Learning to fire a bow and arrow is a rewarding experience, and often serves as a form of stress relief. To get started, you’ll either need plenty of open space in your yard, or a local archery range. Safety is important, so don’t fire the arrow in any place where others may walk by.

Fantasy Sports

Finally, for the sports enthusiasts out there, consider fantasy sports. Fantasy sports have been around for a long time, but they have only recently become very popular. No matter what sport you are into, there is likely a league of fantasy sports players you can join. Fantasy football and baseball are the most popular, but you can find almost any sport out there, or start your own.

Don’t Be Afraid To Try New Things

The key to finding a hobby you enjoy is to try new things. You’ll never know what you are into if you don’t give it a shot. Use the list above, try out some new hobbies this weekend, and see what sticks. Hopefully you’ll find something you are passionate about, and you’ll be able to form a new hobby that keeps you entertained for years to come.


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