Looking for things to do in retirement? A great retirement life doesn't happen on its own. Choose from over 100 ideas including activities, sports and hobbies, creative, spiritual, community and more.
Select a variety of things to do after you retire, not just one. Some will cost money, some will be free or very inexpensive.
Note: Make sure you are healthy enough to participate in your choices of things to do.
1. Travel the world, or take a road trip. Now that you don't have to worry about the limits of vacation time, take extended vacations. Live in states you’ve always wanted to live. Make an extended arrangement to in a foreign country or take a long cruise.
2. Volunteer to read to children at the local library, a hospital, or after school programs.
3. Volunteer to read to someone at a local assisted living facility, volunteer at a hospital or other non-profit organization.
4. Sign up for a class that interests you. Places to look are colleges, online, the library. You will meet other people there who have some of your same interests.
5. Buy a new or used motor home (if it is used, make sure to have a mechanic check it out thoroughly before you buy it) and take your bed and kitchen with you on your travels.
Make it a goal to visit each national park or every major league baseball stadium. Be a camp ground host in your favorite national parks and make a little extra money during the tourist seasons.
6. Join a group or club that offers crafts, cards or other activities that interest you. Once you join, you can make friends easily that already participate in at least one activity or hobby you enjoy.
7. Enter the public service arena. Participate in the political process. Become a local representative or school board member. Mentor a child.
8. Join a fitness group or club that enjoys outdoor activities like photography, rock hounding, hiking, biking etc.
9. Start that business you've always dreamed about owning. Or use your career experience to start a consulting firm.
10. Tutor students through the school system or a private tutoring company. Another way to help is to use your knowledge and experience teaching a free course at your local library or community center.
Finding things to do when you retire is the key to a happy, successful retirement life.This site has over 100 ideas for you to consider.
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11. Devote time regularly to appreciating and enjoying nature.
12. Help with deliveries for Meals on Wheels is another idea of what to do in retirement that will bring you a feeling of giving back to your community.
13. Get involved with a program or group connected with your religious organization.
14. Spend time with friends. Get to know some of the other retirees in your area. You can accomplish this through church activities or social activities hosted by senior centers to start. I know one woman who takes daily walks and stops to talk with neighbors who are in their front yard. Make plans daily or weekly to just hang out with your new friends. I see men or couples that meet every day at McDonalds for breakfast for example.
15. Put up a notice at the library that says “New Book Club” and meet with others who love to read.
16. Write that novel you always wanted to write. Or put together a cookbook of family recipes….be creative.
17. Learn to play a musical instrument. Research shows that learning something new, like a language or instrument is an important way to keep your mind active.
18. Start a writers group in your area for people who write in different genres. It can be more social, or have some teeth to help writers get published.
19. Start a blog. Share your retirement experience online. Impart experience and knowledge from your past career, raising a family, fashion, a new activity or hobby you have. Once you have a following, monetize it.
20. Take a wine-tasting class, a Chinese, French or Italian cooking class. Yum.
21. Adopt a pet. Depending on your age, you can adopt a puppy or kitten, or an adult animal. This is a great way of getting a new companion and helping an abandoned animal find a new home. Research shows that pet owners are healthier because they help reduce stress, and blood pressure. Pets can also become part of an exercise routine because they need to be walked. And doggie parks are a great place to meet people.