I’m really excited to interview author Karen Cordaway of The Everyday Bucket List podcast about New Haven, Connecticut. Karen’s tips for the best things to do in New Haven are awesome because she was born and raised in New Haven. She loves being close to the water while still having the big city of New York just 90 minutes away.

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Visit Pepe’s Pizza to try New Haven-style pizza.

New Haven, Connecticut

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit New Haven, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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The New Haven Harbor lighthouse is also known as Five Mile Point Light. It’s located at Lighthouse Point Park. Photo by Julio Angel Berroa on Unsplash.

Getting around New Haven

The closest airport is Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN), which is only five miles from New Haven. However, the only airline currently serving the airport is Avelo Airlines, which only flies to six Florida destinations from this airport. American Airlines used to offer daily, nonstop service from Philadelphia, but it was canceled in September 2021.

That means that the best airport to fly into New Haven is Bradley International Airport (BDL), which is about an hour north of the city. If you don’t want to rent a car, Karen recommends using Shuttlefare to book a ride to New Haven.

Karen says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. However, if you want to rent a car, click here for the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz. You can also use Uber and Lyft to get around without worrying about renting a car.

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Stop by Milkcraft to get an ice cream waffle cone

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Karen Cordaway about New Haven, Connecticut. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Green dots = best things to do in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in New Haven, Connecticut

Who is Karen Cordaway?

As a busy working parent, Karen Cordaway spent years struggling to find free time for herself. That is until she figured out how to reclaim her schedule and infuse more exciting bucket list experiences into everyday life.

With a little planning, a bit of strategy, and a dash of creativity, she turned her bucket list dreams into reality! The Everyday Bucket List Book: 10 Steps to Bringing More Exciting Experiences to Everyday Life is available through our referral link on Amazon. It is her signature, step-by-step process to help others, just like you, do the same.

Karen is a former Nationally Syndicated Personal Finance Writer and her articles for U.S. News, Clark Howard, and Huffington Post have been seen all over the internet. She has also shared her insight in Money Magazine, Yahoo Finance, The Consumerist, Rockstar Finance, Market Watch, and even O Magazine.

Her website shares helpful travel tips and tricks to enjoy happier and more fulfilling vacations around the world. Follow her podcast called The Everyday Bucket List Podcast to gain inspiration for the best things to do big and small in cities that you want to visit.

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Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Karen on her website and on Twitter, and on Pinterest. You can also order Karen’s book, “The Everyday Bucket List Book: 10 Steps to Bring More Exciting Experiences to Everyday Life,” from Amazon to support our show.

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Stay tuned for our next episode

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Greg Van Horn with wife Christine at Wynwood Walls in Miami

Listen to the next episode when Greg Van Horn of Launch Potato shares the best things to do in Delray Beach, Florida. In this episode, Greg and I talk about the Discovery Center shark tank, exploring the Morikami Japanese Museum, and snorkeling at the SS Inchulva shipwreck. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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