How Can I Have Fun in Retirement? 21 fun things to do


Now you’re retired you want to have some fun too. Well, you’ve have come to the right place! In this article, I’ve listed 21 fun things to do in retirement to give you inspiration and activity ideas for your retirement days.

Fun Things To Do In Retirement:

  • Create a bucket list
  • Perform a random act of kindness
  • Be a host
  • Go to a Comedy Club
  • Rekindle your relationship
  • Plan an adventure trip
  • Organize a surprise party
  • Do volunteer work
  • Become a coach of a sports team
  • Try a new or unusual recipe
  • Test drive your favorite car
  • Go to a mystery dinner

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. But before we dive in and learn more about fun things to do in retirement I want to tell you about my e-book: How To Retire Guide.

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21 Fun Things To Do In Retirement

1. Create a bucket list and start checking things off

A bucket list is a list with all the things you always wanted to do, places in the world you want to see and things you want to experience before you die. To make more fun in your retirement you can start creating your bucket list and have fun with all the experiences your list has in store for you.

Read more: 101+ ideas for your retirement bucket list for more inspiration.

2. Perform a random act of kindness

A random act of kindness is a selfless act to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier. And making other people happy will also make you happy. Examples of random acts of kindness are: Help a child or older person cross the street, water your neighbor’s lawn/flowers, Insert coins into someone’s parking meter, Buy flowers to hand out on the street, leave positive notes on people’s cars or anything you that will make someone else happy.

3. Be a host

Take the initiative to entertain, and invite friends or family over for dinner or something else. Like game night, karaoke night or wine tasting. Or you can become a host on Airbnb and rent out on extra room to travelers. This way you meet new and fun people just by opening your doors.

Read more: 20 Ways: How To Stay Social In Retirement

4. Go to a comedy club

Find a comedy club nearby and plan a fun night out alone, with friends or your spouse. An evening filled with laughter is always fun.

5. Rekindle your relationship

Now you have more time to spend with your love you can make an effort to rekindle your relationship. You can rekindle your relationship by planning a date night, set up a treasure hunt or go the extra mile and even get re-married.

Rekindle love: Having fun in retirement
Rekindle your relationship

6. Plan an adventure trip

Nothing can be more fun than an adventure trip and sometimes half the fun is planning on where to go and what to do. We are full-time travelers so we can highly recommend going traveling a retirement. So if you’re interested to travel in retirement, get yourself the best travel gear out there and go on an adventure.

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7. Organize a surprise party

If you like to organize and make others happy than organizing a surprise party is a fun thing to do in retirement. You can wait for a special moment or date that is coming up or just plan a surprise party because you feel like it.

8. Do volunteer work

One of the most popular and fulfilling things to do in retirement is to do volunteer work. You can have fun while helping others in need. Check out Volunteer.gov for volunteer jobs near you.

9. Become a coach of a sports team

If you like sports then you can consider becoming a coach. Maybe your grandchildren play sports and need a coach for their team you can become their coach. Or look for clubs near you that are looking for coaches.

10. Try a new or an unusual recipe

If you love to cook than cooking unusual recipes can be a fun thing to do in retirement. Get on Pinterest for inspiration or google recipes of local dishes of your favorite travel destinations and start cooking.

11. Test drive your favorite car

Ok, so maybe you’re not planning to buy a car, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun test driving it. Go to the nearby car dealer and take a spin behind the wheel of your favorite car.

Having fun in retirement test drive a sports car
Test drive your favorite car

12. Go to a mystery dinner theater

Look for a dinner theater near you and have some fun by solving a mystery and getting a delicious dinner.

13. Go to an escape room

If you like solving puzzles and can handle a deadline then going to an escape room is a fun activity do on in retirement.

14. Make a road trip

Retirement is not the end of the road; it’s the beginning of the open high way! So get in your car, RV or truck and hit the road for a (spontaneous) road trip.

15. Take a cruise

Going on a cruise is an easy way of traveling. Every day there is a new destination waiting to be explored and on the cruise ship are so many fun things to do that it’s hard to get bored. And breakfast, lunch, dinner, and entertainment are all arranged for you so you don’t have to worry about anything. Some people have so much fun cruising they practically live on a cruise ship during their retirement.

16. Learn something new

Learning something new is a great way to have fun in retirement. You can learn a new skill, language or musical instrument now you have all the time in the world. Go on Pinterest to find inspiration for fun Do It Yourself projects, take (online) classes to learn a new skill. Via Babbel & Duolingo you can learn a new language online. And on YouTube, you can find great tutorials on how to learn a musical instrument. But the best place to learn something new is on Masterclass.

Apply For Online Masterclasses In Retirement

A great way to explore a new hobby, passion or class in retirement is by getting yourself an All-Acces Pass to Masterclass. It’s a great way to have something fun to do in retirement and learn new skills from the best teachers in the world. From a cooking Masterclass by Gordon Ramsey, Tennis Masterclass by Serena Williams, or a writing Masterclass taught by Dan Brown, etc. MasterClass offers a wide variety of online masterclasses taught by the best in the world. Check out all the masterclasses available here

Read more: The 30 Best Hobbies In Retirement

17. Read an adventurous novel or thriller

Reading a book is like traveling. You can go to a different world without leaving your house. It’s a really cheap way of traveling that can be as much fun as real traveling. Reading inspires you and is a great exercise for your brain because it improves your IQ, memory, vocabulary and communication skills.

Give yourself the gift of unlimited reading in retirement with the Oasis Kindle E-reader and Kindle Membership.

Read a book
Read a book and you’ll travel to another world without leaving your house

18. Dive in your family history by building a family tree

If history was one of your favorite classes in school than building your family tree is a fun thing to do in retirement. A lot of retirees like to dive into their family history and search for ancestors. On Family Echo and Ancestry, you can build your family tree online for free. And on Find My Past and Family Search you can trace your ancestors.

19. Surround yourself with fun people

If you surround yourself with fun people you’ll have fun in your retirement for sure. So be selective with the people within your social circle. Ask yourself do they lift me up? Or bring me down? Filter the negative people out your social circle and let the fun people in. And to meet new fun people you can join a club, become a host on Airbnb to meet travelers or just approach someone fun on the street for a conversation. You never know what comes out of it.

20. Start a business

Who says you can’t have fun and earn some extra money in retirement? You can become an online entrepreneur by selling your arts and crafts on Etsy or start a blogging website to earn a passive income, start a YouTube channel and create videos about your favorite hobby or start a drop-shipping company. If you have a big backyard you can think of building a (tree) house or pimp up an old campervan so you can use the extra space to rent out on Airbnb.

21. Do a (house) makeover

Switching things up can be fun and it certainly feels new and different. So getting a makeover for yourself or your house is a fun project to have in retirement. So get a new haircut, have your make-up done by a pro or buy a new outfit. Do this with a friend or family member to make it even more fun. And if you don’t feel like do a total house makeover you can start by decluttering, rearrange or redecorate a room. Move furniture to spice things up.

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Related Questions

How can I stay active in retirement? You can stay physically active in retirement by hiking, swimming, running, yoga, dancing, or playing a sport. You can stay mentally active by having a hobby, play challenging games, or learn a new skill, language, or musical instrument. Another (socially) way to stay active is to travel the world, babysit your grandchildren or become a mentor. Read my article: How To Stay Active in Retirement.

How do you structure your retirement day? Having a daily routine, doing fulfilling activities or hobbies, sticking to a sleeping schedule is a great start to having a more structured retirement day. Having a to-do list and setting a goal for yourself helps you prioritize your time and structure your day. Read my article: How To Structure Your Retirement Day.

Kirsten Veldman

I'm Kirsten. In 2017, my boyfriend Léon, and I decided to retire from the rat race to travel the world and work and live location independently. With my articles, I want to help people enjoy and celebrate retirement in the best way possible.

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