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16 Ways To Stay Active and Have Fun In Retirement

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I remember when I was younger, I looked at retirement completely differently than I do now. The only retirees I knew, watched TV and went to the grocery store. Other than the occasional big trip to Europe, they were far from staying active in retirement and I did not think they were having fun.

We must stay active in retirement. Getting enough rest, having a good health care regimen that includes exercise, a healthy diet and keeping a good social calendar is important to finding our purpose in retirement. When seniors have a purpose, not only are they are much happier in retirement, but they are healthier too. Retirement no longer looks like it did with our parents!


Travel is the number one activity for retirees. A staggering 65% plan on making travel a priority. Some may want to visit family and friends while others will want to travel the world in luxury. Even if you are on a budget, you can still make travel a priority with day and weekend trips locally.

Whichever way you decide to go, make sure you have your travel plans are in place early. As we age it can be more difficult to take long road trips and fly for 15 hours.

Buy an RV

I know that this could be considered a travel-related activity but there are many retirees who want to sell everything and hit the road either permanently or for an extended period of time. They will make the road their home and often set up camp for several weeks and months in climate-friendly areas.

There are many who park their RVs in parks in Florida during the winter, go to the mountains in the fall and then head up north during the spring and summer. Road trips are in! Whether you sell your home or keep it is up to you. But this could be a great way to spend at least a couple of years of your retirement.

RV Living
Spend a couple months in the mountains!

Take College Classes

Many seniors are finding fulfillment by hitting the books! They are going back to college in what is called Lifelong Learning Classes at local community colleges. Coursera is one of my favorites because they offer many free classes. There is no college credit received and the tuition fees are significantly lower than regular classes. This is a great way to keep your brain engaged and maintain your cognitive abilities.

Learning something new helps to create new brain cells and also be more social, so get to class!

Get Social to Stay Active!

It is important that new retirees maintain their existing social relationships and also get out there and make new ones! When folks leave the workforce they miss the socialization that comes with having a career. They also realize that they may have allowed their friendships outside of work to grow stale while they were raising a family and focusing on their career.

Once you get through the honeymoon period of retirement you will want to have friends that are a part of your life. Otherwise, seniors can become isolated and can become depressed. Friends can make events, sports and other activities more fun.

Join the Arts Community

This will depend on where you live but even small towns have a local theater or museums that you can become a part of. You can either become a member, volunteer or join a benevolence committee. Either way, it can be extremely fulfilling to participate in events that are art centered. It is also a great way to be social!


Gardening is one of the top retirement activities. Because it promotes good health from being outside, stretching and getting sun it has become very popular among retirees.

There are so many ways you can garden too. Many will choose vegetables, but there are many types of gardening that have become more popular. Some of them include Bonsais, Succulents, Food Forests and Orchids. Gardeners live longer too!

Seniors Gardening

Take Daily Walks

I am sure we remember all of the power walkers at the mall with their headsets. Now that many malls are closing, communities are making sure that there are plenty of trails and walking paths for folks to get back outside. You can look for local Rails to Trails, Nature Paths, Fitness Parks and waterfront trails to get your daily walks in.

Foodie Groups

I noticed on Facebook I was seeing lots of groups getting together at different restaurants during the week. The restaurant would offer a discount to the group with a set menu that was just for them. A group of folks would head out to sample the menu and then post their photos on Facebook. It is a great win for the restaurant, who drives traffic during the week and get publicity and a win for the group who gets the special deal!

Become an Entrepreneur!

Why would you want to work when you just retired??? Well, it only takes a few months to start to realize that there are only so many things you are interested in doing. Even traveling all the time can be tiresome. You can do anything from crafting at home and selling them at art shows and farmer’s markets on the weekends to opening a retail boutique. The decision is yours!

Take Dance Classes

Every time we go on a cruise we are the first ones to take dance classes by the pool. Our favorite part is nobody knows us. We are terrible but we have fun! It is great exercise and helps hits the socialization bucket. Here is a list of some popular ones for retirees. There are also many community centers and churches that will provide a venue for dance events.

  • Latin Dancing
  • The 50s Bebop
  • Swing Dancing
  • Clogging
  • Square Dancing
  • Barre Ballet
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Country Line Dancing
  • Zumba
Senior Zumba Class
Take a Zumba Class!

Work Part-Time as a Substitute Teacher

My grandfather and stepmother both loved being a substitute teacher when they were retired. They could pick and choose when they wanted to work and getting in the classroom was fulfilling because you were helping kids. Often their offer of a day or two would turn into full-time work if a teacher ended up staying out for an extended period of time.

Tutoring is another way to stay active in retirement and help others. When I was homeschooling my daughter, I hired a professor who offered tutoring help to get us through some of her advanced math courses. (I am terrible at math) Regardless, I needed her! When my daughter returned to school she was working at the college level from the work this tutor did with her. Many families are in need of tutors because it is difficult to get help from an already overtaxed school system.

Write a Book!

This was one of my goals when I decided to retire and started my blog. Because I was a blogger, I was unexpectedly offered a book deal only a couple of years in. However, I had already looked into self-publishing if that had not happened. Many authors are self-publishing and adding their book to Amazon and making sales.


There are many 501c3s and other organizations looking for help from seniors who are looking to stay active in retirement. One guest writer here even decided to join the Peace Corps for his retirement. In my community, our Sherrif’s Department has seniors patrolling during the day to assist citizens with issues like locking your keys in your can or traffic light outages. This is a great idea for anyone who is retired from the military or law enforcement, but they will take and train anyone with interest. There are so many ways to volunteer whether you live in a small town or a big city.

Here are some to consider.

  • United Way
  • Salvation Army
  • Red Cross
  • Food Banks
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Safe Space
  • Hospitals
  • Law Enforcement
  • Environmental groups
  • Humane Society or ASPCA

Here are some websites that offer comprehensive lists and match volunteers with organizations that are looking for help.


Get a Part Time Job

Many seniors love to work part-time. IN fact, according to the 19th Annual Transamerica Center for Retirement study, 55% of American seniors will continue to work, with 41% working part-time. It will supplement their income, provides social interaction and gets them out of the house a couple of days a week. Here are the top 10 positions among retirees who decide to continue working part-time.

  • Beauty Salons
  • Spa or Massage Office
  • Bookkeeping
  • Bank Customer Service Rep or Teller
  • Nursing or Home Healthcare Provider
  • Childcare
  • Personal Assistant or Driver
  • School Bus Driver
  • Retail Sales
  • Hostess
  • Security Guard

Move to the City

This may seem counterintuitive to some, but I know as I have aged, I really enjoy visiting cities that offer nightlife, the arts and theater and I especially love to visit museums. If you are looking for a cultural change to stay active in retirement, it may sound appealing to get an apartment in a city and start enjoying the aspects of city life.

Senior living in the city

Remodel Your Home

This is actually something I have considered recently being a real estate investor. We downsized from our larger home where we raised our children, to prepare for retirement. We moved into one of our rental properties. The home could use some renovating. I was thinking we could renovate this home, sell it, buy another home and repeat the process every couple of years. It could be a way to may some extra income and it would be fun to do the remodel. If you are creative and good at decorating this could be a great option for you whether you do it once or again and again as a business.

You will go through many phases in retirement. Whatever activities you choose retirement is meant to be done your way. Enjoy the journey and stay open to new ideas!

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64 responses to “16 Ways To Stay Active and Have Fun In Retirement”

  1. Melissa Jones Avatar
    Melissa Jones

    What amazing tips and ideas! I love it!

  2. Ayesha Siddiqui Avatar
    Ayesha Siddiqui

    This is a wonderful list, makes me look forward to when the kids are out of our nest.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Yes! We were ready too. We really enjoy having this time together.

  3. It's My Sustainable Life Avatar
    It’s My Sustainable Life

    So happy to see gardening on your list!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Gardeners live longer! It is the perfect retirement hobby!

  4. Barbara Avatar

    These are all really good ideas!

  5. Danielle Ardizzone Avatar
    Danielle Ardizzone

    Great suggestions! I personally recommend dance 😉

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Dance is really important for us retirees to stay healthy and active!

  6. Alyssa Avatar

    Sounds like you’ve compiled the perfect list to staying active as one gets older! Great post, thank you for sharing!

  7. Kate Avatar

    These are great ideas! Loved the pictures!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Kate! It helps to imagine yourself doing these things!

  8. Bonnie Avatar

    Travel would be at the top of my list!!!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      60% of retirees agree! It is the number one travel hobby.

  9. Sabrina DeWalt Avatar
    Sabrina DeWalt

    It seems that staying active will keep you healthier and more able to enjoy those retirement years.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Absolutely! And keep up with the grandkids if you have them!

  10. Georgette Avatar

    My husband and I talk about retirement and what we’ll do. These are great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks, Georgette! That is great that you are dreaming about retirement and making your plans!

  11. Elaina Mogren Avatar
    Elaina Mogren

    Gardening will be my must, I can’t wait to have more time to travel.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      My two favorites as well.

  12. Tiffany Smith Avatar
    Tiffany Smith

    I love Coursera! They have some great classes. Having recently retired from my career, I can attest to missing the social interaction that comes with work- can’t wait to get out and meet new people!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You are smart! Taking classes keeps our brains working! Have fun finding new friends!

  13. Sandi Barrett Avatar
    Sandi Barrett

    We are “retired” — old enough but still working and researching buying an RV to get out and explore. It’s great!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      That is so cool! Retirement no longer means not working. We are looking at the same thing. The RV life is appealing!

  14. Chelsea Avatar

    Writing a book is a popular one in my family! As is getting a part-time job or starting a small business. Thanks for all these great ideas!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I love having my own business and I just finished my first book! Retirement is being redefined!

  15. Holly Avatar

    Amazing ideas to keep busy after retiring from work. I always say just because you are done working you are just beginning to live!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I agree with that 100%! I love not being bogged down by working in Corporate America.

  16. Christina Siwik Avatar
    Christina Siwik

    Great list. We have been retired for many years and do most of these.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I am glad to see that you are staying active and loving life in retirement!

  17. Megan Avatar

    What a great list! I’m not a boomer, but I’d even like to travel by RV, dance a little, and volunteer more!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It is an exciting way to live life if you can make it work at any age!

  18. Beth Shields Avatar
    Beth Shields

    Great list of things…..not sure I do many of them…but great encouragement. Thanks!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Well the important thing is to do something when you are in retirement!

  19. Debbie Avatar

    Good ideas to make the most of retirement! May have to go back to work to slow down tho! Haha

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Haha! Yes! I do not feel any less busy but I am less burdened.

  20. Maggie Avatar

    You’ve got a great, thorough list here. What I look forward most in retirement (if I ever get to – LOL) is taking college classss for fun.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I think seniors taking college courses will keep growing in popularity!

  21. Sydney Delong Avatar
    Sydney Delong

    Great list! I want to travel when I retire, so a camper or RV is a must for me!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      And it is so do-able with the right planning! Tiny house living on the road!

  22. kmf Avatar

    These are all great ideas! I think finding a purpose is so important as many people’s identities are tied to their careers…once they retire they feel lost. I’m pretty sure I’m going to do most of these that you’ve recommended.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      That is awesome Karen! I am even trying things I don’t think I will like. Just because you never know what experiences you will gain. Have fun with your new adventures!

  23. Cindy Avatar

    These are all great suggestions! Staying active increases life expectancy. Travel is certainly at the top of my list!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Always a retirement favorite!

  24. Barbara Avatar

    Great ideas and inspiration for the crowd with more time on their hands to continue being active in their communities!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Some say they are busier in retirement! lol

  25. Chantelle Avatar

    These are such great ideas! I’m looking forward to retirement 😂

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I think we all do Chantelle! Here is to retirement being happy and fun!

  26. Missy Avatar

    These are great activities to do all the time too. 🙂 We like taking daily walks.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I think staying physically active is the most important piece.

  27. Lisa Manderino Avatar
    Lisa Manderino

    These are great options. Makes me excited about retirement! I will probably teach and do aerobic classes!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      What a great idea! That will definitely keep you fit.

  28. Casandra Avatar

    This is so spot on. My father just entered long term care and my mom is not very active. I wish they could have done all these things before it was too late. I myself plan to do as many things in your list when I retire!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Casandra! Like you, I wanted to experience as much as possible. And it is not too late for your mom! Sending good vibes!

  29. Pam Avatar

    So many great ideas here. I am lucky in that both my grandparents and my parents have been (or were) very active in retirement. Travel, biking, square dancing, etc. They have done it all. It has been hard on my parents the last few months as most of their favorite activities just aren’t safe right now (travel and dancing), but they are doing their best to stay active at home.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I can imagine they are struggling. I know I am! Hopefully, they will stay safe and get back out there.

  30. Vessy Smith Avatar
    Vessy Smith

    All great suggestions for fun things to do and look forward to in retirement. I really LOVE the RV idea and spending time in the mountains, along with travel. I sure hope to do all three when I retire. Great post! 🙂

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you Vessy! I do as well. I think it is going to be super popular in the coming years.

  31. Stacy Conover Avatar
    Stacy Conover

    These are great ideas. I want to buy an RV when I retire! I also hope to stay in a resort instead of a retirement home. Meals taken care of, daily entertainment, room cleaned, pools, etc

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      What a great idea! I have heard of people doing it on a cruise. But I like the idea of being on land!

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