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Activity recognition has been an active research topic in computer vision. Recently, the most successful approaches use dense trajectories that extract a large number of trajectories and features on the trajectories into a codeword. In this paper, we evaluate various features in the framework of dense trajectories on several types of datasets. We implement 13 features in total by including five different types of descriptor, namely motion-, shape-, texture- trajectory- and co-occurrence-based feature descriptors. The experimental results show a relationship between feature descriptors and performance rate at each dataset. Different scenes of traffic, surgery, daily living and sports are used to analyze the feature characteristics. Moreover, we test how much the performance rate of concatenated vectors depends on the type, top-ranked in experiment and all 13 feature descriptors on fine-grained datasets. Feature evaluation is beneficial not only in the activity recognition problem, but also in other domains in spatio-temporal recognition.