21 Cool Hobbies For Dads That Are Actually Not Boring

By John Cruz

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There are many hobbies for men, but these hobbies are specifically for dads.

They are fun, some are unique, and they will all have you wondering why you didn’t pick up the hobby long ago.

Some I have personally adopted, will soon adopt, or were just an idea I was contemplating but never got around to.

Now I’m sure I spend more time with my kids than most moms, and this is why hobby #1 is going to be something you should consider doing.

Just remember that most of the hobbies on this list are exactly that.

Hobbies.

Don’t go spending too much time as there are other things you can be doing with your very valuable time.

Without further ado, here are 10 hobbies that I think will be great, especially for dads.

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1. Play Golf

This is absolutely, positively, one of the best hobbies for dads.

I picked it up during the pandemic and never looked back.

There are many reasons you should play golf, but one thing makes it so interesting.

That is the fact that you will spend most of your time trying to get better.

It’s an ongoing thing and one that will keep you busy for many years to come.

So, if you want something challenging, something fun, and something that you will not be perfect at, then golf is it.

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2.) Start a Blog

Starting a blog is beyond a great idea and something I recommend to anyone looking to not only spend time with their family but also make a killer income.

For some of you, the whole “blogging” thing will not sit well, as I’m sure not all of you can grasp the concept of this whole topic alone.

“I don’t want to tell people about my life.”

“That’s for girls.”

Blah, blah blah!

There are so many excuses as to why people (especially men) won’t start a blog, and it’s really sad because of the serious potential for the average joe.

Need a hobby?

Blogging is going to be something amazing for you and your family.

Learn how to start a blog, and you’ll see one of the best ways to use your time.

3.) Remote Controlled Anything

As a kid, I had the RC that had the wire connected to it, and boy, did I think that was the coolest thing ever.

These days, there are ridiculous types of RCs I don’t think the world of remote-controlled cars will ever be the same.

Then there are drones, which are just at another level.

Whatever the case may be, grabbing an RC for you and the kids is a great hobby to adopt, as I’m sure you guys will never run out of fun.

Like the blog hobby, I have incorporated the two, and now I have a blog and a Youtube channel going just so that I can have fun with the kids and still make money in the process.

Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

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4.) Woodworking

We’ve come from an apartment to a house, and woodworking was one of the hobbies I considered doing.

While looking for some junk on craigslist, I couldn’t help but be amazed at these people’s talent, with the chance to make some money.

I mean, they made bed frames and coffee tables out of pallets and all types of stuff that got me interested in doing it myself.

This hobby is on the back burner as I’ve gotten into the next hobby coming up.

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5.) Yard Beautification

For some of us dads, we mow the lawn, pick up debris, and call it a day.

That used to be me until I started messing around with some stuff in my yard, and suddenly, I changed things.

Moving one plant to another location gave me this vision to do more.

Bad for business as it takes me away from work, but it definitely gets my yard looking really awesome and gets the kids involved.

They are also learning how to be responsible and growing this passion for other things besides staring at that iPad all day.

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6.) Gardening

Not into this yet, but my neighbor and I always stand out by the street and talk about how his plants are doing this and doing that.

Just like the yard beautification thing, he has built all types of contraptions, which got me saying wow and interested me in yet another hobby.

If I didn’t have my hands full, I’m sure this would be one to consider since it is not only something to do, but it can produce some fruits and vegetables that we can say we grew on our own.

As a matter of fact, this might just be an addition to the yard.

I’m going to cordon off some space for this and I’m going to start doing some gardening of my own.

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7.) Camping

Definitely on our to-do list, but we haven’t come around to it yet.

With summer approaching and my son getting a camping tent for his birthday, you can bet that we will be doing some sleeping outdoors and roasting some marsh mellows.

Rather than putting the boys in another sport since soccer season ended, I have decided to change things up this summer, and I will run a little summer camp from home.

This is a great idea for you too, so consider the whole camping gig and maybe even a summer camp of your own, depending on your time.

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8.) Exercising

I’m back into running now, and this has become one of my hobbies.

If I’m not running, I’m doing some jumping jacks with my boys on an app that my 8-year-old downloaded.

This hobby has nothing but benefits, which I’m sure your health will thank you for the most.

You don’t need to do anything crazy, but try to put a little exercise in to develop that interest in something most people consider a chore.

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9.) Play a Sport

Probably the most common thing to do, but as we get older, joining a sport becomes the last thing on our list as our time has shifted in favor of the brats.

My family and I started a softball league, and not only are we still doing things with my siblings, but now my kids can participate.

Not to mention the occasional drinking after the games, which allows for more bonding.

Whatever sport it may be, find one that fits your schedule and try it.

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10.) Hunting

As a dad, there’s no better way to bond with your kid/s than by taking them to the good old outdoors and showing them a thing or two about hunting.

You will also become one with nature; if your kids are anything like mine, they’ll do anything to be outside.

Now you’re throwing in some type of searching for an animal?

Count me in, dad!

11.) Sight Seeing

My dad actually introduced this little hobby to me, and I have now started doing this with my kids.

We just came back from another outing, and we walked our butts off while enjoying some places we’d never been to before.

You haven’t seen it all, so take some time to head into uncharted land and explore something new to give you and your kids something to change things up.

12.) Martial Arts

If you’ve been living under a rock and missed the hype that the UFC brought over the past decade, now might be a good time to get in on things.

Not as popular as it was before, but definitely still around and not going anywhere.

Take some classes and get the kids involved, as I’m sure they can use some martial arts in their life.

We started the kids in Tykwondo (spelling?), which was a good place to start rather than throwing them straight into the technical stuff.

13.) Craft Beer

I’m not trying to be a bad influence or anything, but tasting different beers while enjoying some good company is definitely something we dads can get into.

Yeah, I may drink almost anything, but it’s always good to have a talk over the latest and greatest type of beer to hit the market.

Very popular on the west coast, this hobby has opened up new bars that cater to this type of crowd, and I’m sure they have room for you too.

14.) Cooking

This is one of my new favorite hobbies, and I never knew how fun this could actually be.

Not only is it fun, but it’s really amazing to see how putting so many different ingredients together make up a single dish.

If that’s not amazing, then I don’t know what is.

That alone has given me more interest in this whole cooking thing, and now I am always trying to make something new.

Hey, we gotta eat, right?

Chef dad’s in the house, so move on over, mom.

15.) Paintball or Airsoft

Very popular in my days as an infantryman and is still popular today.

Maybe not paintball, but if you haven’t heard about airsoft, you might want to read this and learn about what this not-so-new hobby is all about.

From the realistic-looking weapons that shoot little BBs, you will buy guns just because they look cool.

Who ever thought you could have an M249 (SAW) in your house?

Try airsoft, and you can have one to show off in no time.

16.) Illusionist

Who doesn’t like a good magic trick?

I don’t care how old or young you are; we all get amazed at someone who can make something disappear or find your card in the middle of a deck that only they would know.

Becoming an illusionist is definitely a hobby to consider, but do expect to take on some serious lessons before you start thinking that you’re the next Houdini.

17.) Drawing or Painting

My kids love to draw and paint, and I did too when I was their age.

Being very limited in supplies when I was growing up, I now provide my kids with them so that they can do a lot of the stuff that I never got the chance to do.

As much as I loved to draw, I never got the chance to experiment with paint, so at least they get to do it, and yes, I get to do it too.

Pretty sad, I know, but things weren’t the same back in the day, and what’s crazy is the fact that I’m not even old!

18.) Astronomy

Technology is crazy, and with a simple telescope, we can see things that are hundreds of miles away.

Always on my to-do list, but this is something I’ve never gotten around to, but after doing this post, it looks like I have another activity to add to my soon-to-be summer camp.

This is not just a temporary thing either, as there are always things going on that this telescope can be of use, so consider this an ongoing hobby.

19.) Tough Mudder

I don’t know what they call it on your side of the country, but things like Tough Mudder have become really popular and can also become a hobby for you and your family.

Forget about 5Ks and marathons because now you can do different activities that can be fun and most especially challenging with the chance to get dirty like you’re 5 again.

Not the easiest hobby, but something to consider if you’re up for the challenge.

20.) Paddle Boarding

Not a very known hobby, but definitely something you can introduce to your friends and family.

With nothing but a board and a paddle, many people have found fun in this not-so-cheap board and paddle that allows you to stand and sail through any type of standstill water.

21.) Lego Building

I don’t know who this hobby is for, but I think my kids have gotten so many lego sets and have not put a single one together.

Sure they’re below 10 years old, but I’m starting to think that this is really for dads and not them.

We put it together, and they tear it apart, losing all the pieces allowing it to become an addition to the toy box without any use whatsoever.

Build them for your kids, stack them on a shelf, and voila!

You have now started a lego collection.

Conclusion

There are just too many hobbies out there, and I will be sure to add to this list of hobbies for dads as I can add at least 50 more to give your parents more ideas for things you can do with your kids.

For now, these are some of the best hobbies for dads out there.

It will help them use the extra time they don’t have and keep them busy for a long time.

Although we all need to work, I think dads deserve a nice little break.

Until next time, what are your hobbies?

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About the author

With four humans of his own, John is our parenting expert. He loves being a dad, and when he's not trying to work on his golf game, you'll find him at his kid's soccer games or at the mall with his kids.

9 thoughts on “21 Cool Hobbies For Dads That Are Actually Not Boring”

  1. Love these fantastic hobby ideas for dads! πŸ•ΊπŸ» Each suggestion offers a unique way to bond with the family and create lasting memories. Whether it’s hitting the golf course, starting a blog, exploring the great outdoors, or getting creative with woodworking, there’s something here for every dad. Time to make the most of those valuable moments and enjoy some well-deserved downtime. But golf is my personal favourite I also write many tips about golf https://lifestylesportsclub.com/scratch-golf/

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    • Yeah, golf is definitely mine as well. It’s almost as if golf is a bunch of hobbies in one as there is so much to do. You focus on improving your game (which is something you will do forever), a way to enjoy the great outdoors, collecting cool golf gear, and a lot of other awesome things that come with the game of golf. Oh, and don’t forget having another reason to drink more beer. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Rashmika!

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  2. Hi John,

    What a great list of hobbies for us dads. I may even let my son join in on one or two (he already loves all things remote controlled…..)

    For me I would add photography to that list, I love nothing better than combining a good walk with taking a shot or two.

    There are a couple on your list that I would not have thought about, something for me to consider next time I have some spare time πŸ™‚

    Brendan

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    • Yeah photography is definitely on the list and on the more common side, so I saved it for later. I literally have like at least 50 more hobbies to add to this list, so be on the lookout for them. Thanks for the tip though man and I hope things are going well on your end!

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  3. Hi John,
    great post! I love the Tough Mudder. I have a lot of friends a co-workers that are tough mudders-they love it. I always thought my husband should take up making craft beer as a hobby. I think my dad had about 1/2 of these checked off πŸ™‚ I enjoyed your picks for hobbies! Some I am sure others would not think of.

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    • Thanks Julie and definitely tell your hubby to get into the whole craft beer thing. It lets us dads have something more to look forward to while drinking with our buddies and one thing that I forgot to add to this was home brewing. Definitely need to update this post, which I will be doing by next week. Thanks for sharing your thoughts though Julie!

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  4. Haha, radio control anything, love it! Great post.

    I already hunt, brew craft beer and do woodworking but there are a few items on your list I haven’t even thought of.

    Every dad should take a gander at this post.

    Thanks for the info.
    Jean

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