I think recreational time is better choice because "recreational" is an adjective. However, when I google it, I found that "recreation time" is rarely used, but I am not sure whether it is a correct compound noun, is it?

For example:

A person should have a recreational/recreation time on weekends.

  • Could you provide a context, please?
    – jonsca
    Commented May 2, 2019 at 18:11
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    Why do you think recreation time is "rarely used"? How did you Google it? The Google ngram would indicate that recreational time is the lesser-used expression.
    – J.R.
    Commented May 2, 2019 at 21:38
  • @J.R. obviously, I got an impression from google results, and I did not know about this nice tool :)
    – Costa
    Commented May 5, 2019 at 10:40
  • @Costa - Saying "I got an impression from google results" isn't all that informative. When you ask the community to answer questions for you, it's helpful when you provide as much information as you can. I'd still like to know what you Googled and what you saw that made you draw that conclusion. (Did you Google recreation? Or recreation time? Or "recreation time"?)
    – J.R.
    Commented May 5, 2019 at 20:10

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They both work, but "recreation time" is more likely.

Yes, it's a valid noun+noun phrase, meaning "time for recreation".

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