Things That Are Quiet

Welcome to our list of things that are quiet!

In our list, we’ve included things, animals, activities and places that are quiet and peaceful, but not necessarily silent. We hope we’ve covered what you’re looking for in our list of things that are quiet!

Here’s a visual list of things that are quiet:

Hopefully that visual list of quiet things was useful! Here’s a longer and more descriptive list of things that are quiet:

  • Library: Buildings containing collections of books and recorded information (written, audio, audiovisual etc). Has a noise limit so people inside can read and study in peace.
  • Exam: A test intended to measure skill or aptitude. Complete silence is enforced during these tests so the students can focus.
  • Church: A building for Christian ceremonies and activities. Tends to have a peaceful environment.
  • Cemetery: Also known as a graveyard. A place where the deceased are buried.
  • Reading: Reading books tends to be a solitary and peaceful activity and doesn’t require or produce any noise.
  • Gardening: The act of maintaining a garden. Is generally considered a solitary and quiet activity.
  • Painting: Creating a visual piece of art using paints, usually on canvas. Usually a solitary and low-energy activity.
  • Writing: Recording your notes in written words (can be digitally). Usually an activity done alone and with the space to go slowly and think.
  • Sleep: A bodily state and function that involves a period of deep relaxation. Quiet is required to be able to go into and maintain sleep.
  • Rest: A state where something is not moving or working. Generally undertaken to induce relaxation and refreshment and to help maintain mental health.
  • Thinking: A flow of ideas that help people to make sense of the world.
  • Breathing: Breathing is only 10 decibels, which is 10 decibels lower/quieter than whispering.
  • Heartbeat: Although our hearts are strong enough to pump blood throughout our entire bodies, the noise of the beat is very quiet.
  • Walking: An activity that can be done alone or socially. If alone, it’s generally a quiet and introspective activity.
  • Hiking: Walking through mountain trails and forests. Even if done socially, there is generally not a lot of noise made out of consideration for the animals in the surrounding environment.
  • Fan: The best fans are quiet and can be as low as 30 decibels.
  • White Noise Sound Machine: A machine that produces a hum of white noise in order to help us relax and sleep.
  • ASMR: A pleasurable and calming state induced by quiet sounds, like whispers and scratches.
  • Whisper: Whispers are very quiet at only 20 decibels.
  • Murmur: Saying something so quietly that you can’t be fully understood.
  • Mutter: Saying something in a barely audible tone.
  • Jellyfish: Free-swimming marine animals that don’t make any noise.
  • Snails: A shelled gastropod that doesn’t produce any audible sounds.
  • Crabs: While crabs are very quiet, they can make raspy noises by rubbing their pincers together.
  • Sharks: Sharks have specially formed scales that help them glide through the water noiselessly.
  • Goldfish: While goldfish are very quiet, they can make small noises while eating.
  • Turtles: Turtles can make hissing noises when frightened, or snapping noises if they’re of the snapping variety.
  • Tortoises: Tortoises don’t have vocal cords, but can still make some hissing and clicking noises,
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones: Noise-cancelling headphones use audiowaves to cancel out incoming noise.
  • Sound Dampeners: Objects that reduce noise in a given area.
  • Blackout Curtains: Blackout curtains are thick enough to partially block out noise as well as light.
  • Massage: Massages are a calming experience with aromatherapy and quiet, relaxing music.
  • Aromatherapy Diffuser: Devices that diffuse scents through the air. The best ones are quiet and don’t make loud humming noises.
  • Spa: An experience that commonly involves facials, massages and beauty treatments.
  • Grasslands National Park, Canada: A national park in Canada known for wide open plains.
  • Underwater Caves, Yucatan: Intricate underwater caverns that are beautiful, quiet and peaceful.
  • Haleakala National Park, Hawaii: A national park with a dormant shield volcano with an elevation of over ten thousand feet.
  • Anechoic Chamber, Minneapolis: A room designed to absorb sound completely.
  • Praying: An act of worship and communication with a god or deity.
  • Meditation: An activity that hones bodily and mental awareness.
  • Journalling: The act of recording your thoughts, feelings and introspection.
  • Miming: Performance art where the artists do not speak or make any verbal noises.
  • Temples: A building for spritual and religious activities.
  • Sound Bath: A meditative and relaxing experience where participants are “bathed” in sound waves, made by instruments like gongs, singing bowls and tuning forks.
  • Ceiling Fan: Ceiling fans are on the louder side of fans, but in terms of general noise they’re still considered very quiet.
  • Sensory Deprivation Tank: Also known as an isolation tank or a floatation tank. A tank filled with salt water intended to cut a person off from sensory input.
  • Drawing: The act of recording visuals with dry media and paper.
  • Embroidery: The art of decorating fabric with thread.
  • Knitting: Using long needles to loop yarn together into a fabric. Apart from the clicking of the needles, knitting is pretty much silent.
  • Crochet: Using a hook to knot yarn together into structured fabric.  
  • The Hoh Valley, Washington: An area in the Hoh rainforest. Known for its peace, quiet and wildlife.
  • Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Russia: A nature reserve used to study natural sciences.
  • Negev Desert, Israel: A desert in southern Israel.
  • Kelso Dunes, California: Also known as the Kelso dune field. A protected region in the Mojave Desert.
  • Antarctica: An icy continent that is virtually uninhabited. Considered one of the quietest places in the world.
  • Kielder Mires, England: A small English village that is considered one of the most tranquil and quiet places in England.
  • Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway: A section of road built on small islands and skerries.
  • Banks: Banks are generally quiet, hushed places with low conversation and no music.
  • Vaults: An arched and enclosed space.
  • Outer Space: There is no noise in outer space.
  • Fish: Fish don’t have vocal cords, so they’re automatically quieter than pretty much any mammal.
  • Facial: A beauty treatment that focuses on skin treatments and relaxation.
  • Rain: Soft rain produces a calming sound.
  • Fire Crackling: As fire burns through wood, it produces a crackling and popping noise.
  • Candles: Candles can hiss lightly as they burn or go out.
  • Rabbits: Rabbits can huff, cluck, growl, grunt and grind their teeth.  
  • Snakes: Snakes can hiss, spit, and rattle (depending on the species).
  • Giraffes: Giraffes can make humming noises but are basically silent otherwise.
  • Mice: While small and quiet, mice can make squeaking, chirping and clicking noises.
  • Silent Mode: A mode on electronic devices that mutes the noise of messages, phone calls and other notifications.
  • Doves: Doves are known for their soft cooing.
  • Manatee: Manatees can make chirping sounds along with a small range of calls.
  • Pandas: Generally quiet mamammals that can squeak, bark, huff and growl.
  • Butterflies: A few types of butterfly can make clicking noises to attract mates or ants that can protect them.
  • Sea Urchins: Marine animals that can move and crawl around slowly and do not make any noise.
  • Worms: A limbless, noodle-shaped animal that doesn’t make any noise.
  • Starfish: Star-shaped marine animals that can move, but don’t make any noise.
  • Sea Cucumber: Marine animals with leathery skin.
  • Anemones: Marine animals with no vocal cords.
  • Clams: A type of mollusc that is immobile, has no vocal cords and no way of making noises.
  • Oysters: A type of saltwater mollusc that has no way of making noise.
  • Manta Ray: Generally silent animals.
  • Hug: Hugs are generally a quiet bonding experience.
  • Study Area: Study areas are intended to be very quiet to allow people to focus.
  • Wombat: Wombats can growl and hiss but are otherwise silent.
  • Red Panda: Red pandas can make a variety of noises, but they’re generally on the quiet side. They can squeal, huff, hiss, grunt and quack.
  • Slow Loris: Slow lorises can make low growls, chatters, squeaks and clicking noises.
  • Yoga: A meditative exercise and practise that involves stretches, poses, exercise, deep breathing and bodily awareness.
  • Parakeet: Even though parakeets are known as a quieter bird, they can still make chirps, whistles, trills and can sing.
  • Cockatiel: Even though cockatiels can make chirps, whistles and warbles, they’re known as a quieter sort of bird.
  • Octopus: Octopus do not make any sounds as they move through the water.
  • Squid: Squids haven’t been heard to make any sort of noise.
  • Lizards: Lizards are generally mute but some can make chirping, clicking and squeaking noises.
  • Kamakura, Japan: A coastal town south of Tokyo with many temples and shrines.
  • Gimmelwald, Switzerland: A small village that is free of traffic.
  • Nevis Island, The Carribeans: A small island with beautiful sandy beaches.
  • Lapland, Finland: A sparsely populated region near Sweden, Norway and the Baltic Sea.
  • Ardmore, Ireland: A seaside resort in Ireland
  • Shih Tzu: Shih Tzus have a reputation for being a quiet dog, as they don’t bark.
  • Ridgeback: Rhodesian Ridgebacks are known for being quiet dogs as they don’t normally howl or bark.
  • Spiders: In general, spiders are silent, but male wolf spiders can make small
    purring” sounds.
  • Hermit Crab: They don’t have vocal cords, but can make small croaking and chirping noises.
  • Dark Sky Parks: Also known as a dark sky reserve. An area that is usually around an observatory or park that is restrictions around the use of artificial light and light pollution.
  • Observatory: A place specially designed for astronomy and night sky viewing.
  • Stargazing: A hobby where people view and record the night sky.
  • Forests: An area of land where a lot of trees grow. Known for peaceful silences and green.
  • Underwater: Since sound waves have trouble traveling underwater, you can’t hear much while underwater.
  • Caves: A natural rock formation where there is a large space. Generally quiet and cold inside.
  • Wilderness Quiet Parks: Natural parks where silence is cultivated.
  • Gardens: Areas where flowers and plants are grown.
  • Mazes: Going through a maze is a slow and peaceful activity, whether it’s a garden maze or a 2D paper one.
  • Colouring: Colouring is such a quiet and meditative activity that there was a boom for adult colouring books in recent years.
  • Origami: The Japanese art of folding paper into objects.
  • Tea Ceremony: A traditional Japanese process of steeping and preparing tea.
  • Play Doh: A soft, malleable toy made of non-toxic materials. Used to create objects and will harden if exposed to air.
  • Botanic Parks: A botanic park is a large, multi-garden park with many different types of flowers and trees.
  • Lobster: Lobsters don’t have vocal cords, but they can make hissing noises and crackling noises when they rub their legs together.
  • Collage: An art medium that involves combining parts of other imagery to create a finished art piece.
  • Weaving: Intersecting yarn or thread to make patterned fabric.
  • Baking: The process of making pastries, food and bread by heating it in a sealed oven.
  • Felting: The process of combining loose fibres to make felt.
  • Zen Garden: Also known as a Japanese rock garden. A small garden with gravel or sand that is raked in a meditative fashion.
  • Puzzling: Solving jigsaw puzzles is a quiet and slow activity.
  • Deer: In general, deer make soft grunting noises to speak to each other.
  • Pufferfish: Pufferfish can click their teeth and use vibrations to make noise.
  • Platypus: Also known as the duck-billed platypus.
  • Slope Point, NZ: Part of the South Island of NZ. A farming area with no houses in the vicinity.      
  • Silent Disco: A disco where the attendees wear headphones instead of listening to the music through speakers. The experience is a quiet(er) one for anyone watching.

We hope this list of quiet things was useful and that you found what you needed!

We did our best to cover all of the varied meanings of “quiet” with our visual gallery of quiet things and descriptive list. But if you feel there’s something we missed, please feel free to let us know and leave a comment.

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