Here's the Busch Gardens hours and operating schedule for summer season, Howl-O-Scream, and Christmas Town!
In the past, park hours almost always started at 10 am regardless of the month or day of the week. (Exceptions: certain days in April and during Christmas Town.)
But for 2013, they've shaken things up a bit and hours vary quite a bit more by date. So make sure you double check the date you're planning to go by looking at my detailed chart below!
In general, during March through May, and Sept.-Oct., the park is only open on Fridays, weekends, and select holiday or Spring Break weekdays. June and July, it's open every day.
And if you're looking for special events (like Glory in the Gardens) go to my Busch Gardens Events page.
(When you're done looking at the operating schedule, be sure to check out my Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount ticket secrets and deals page.)
March Busch Hours
Pass Member Preview Day - March 16
Opening day - March 17 - 10 am to 6:00 pm
March 22 and 24 - 10 am to 7:00 pm
March 23 - 10 am to 8:00 pm
March 22 and 24 - 10 am to 7:00 pm
March 25-29 and 31 - 9 am to 8:00 pm
March 30 - 9 am to 10:00 pm
April Busch Hours
The park is open all week during Spring Break weeks (April 1-7 and 8-14) and Fri-Sun the rest of the month.
Open April 1-5 and 7 - 9 am to 8 pm Open Sat., April 6 - 9 am to 10 pm
Open Fridays, April 12, 19, and 26, and Sundays, April 14, 21, and 28 - 10 am to 8 pm
Open Saturdays, April 13, 20 and 27 - 10 am to 10 pm
Closed April 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, and 29-30
The park is open Fri, Sat, and Sun all month, and closed Mon-Thurs except for May 28 (10-8 pm) and 29-31 (10-6 pm)
Open all Fridays May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, and Sundays May 5, 12 & 19 - 10 am - 8 pm
Open Sunday, May 26 - 10 am - 10 pm
Open Monday, May 27 - 10 am - 8 pm
Open all Saturdays - 10 am - 10 pm
Open May 28-30 - 10 am - 6 pm
Busch Gardens hours in June - open every day
Open all Sundays and Fridays - 10 am-9 pm
Open weekdays June 3-6, 10 am-8 pm
Open weekdays June 10-13, 10 am-7 pm
Open weekdays June 17-21 and 24-28, 10 am-9 pm
Busch Gardens hours in July - open every day
Park is open 10 am-10 pm everyday EXCEPT for July 3-4, when it closes at 11 pm
Busch Gardens hours in August - open every day
August 1-18, and August 24, 25, and 31 - open 10 am -10 pm
Open weekdays, August 19-23 - 10 am-8 pm
Open weekdays, August 26-30 - 10 am-9 pm
Busch Gardens hours in September - open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only (exception: Open on Labor Day too; closed Friday, Sept. 6).
Open September 1, 13-15, 20-22, and 27-29 - 10 am to 10 pm
Open September 2 - 10 am to 7 pm
Open September 7-8 - 10 am to 6 pm
Howl-0-Scream begins Sept. 13!
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays - Open 10 am to 10 pm
October Hours - "Howl-O-Scream"!
Fridays and Sundays - Open 10 am to 10 pm
Saturdays - Open 10 am to 11 pm. Last day is Oct. 27.
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November-December Hours - "Christmas Town"
***Note that Christmas Town & Howl-O-Scream are separate ticketed events, and NOT included in season passes or Fun Cards!
Open 3 pm to 10 pm November 22, 23, 29 and 30 plus December 6-7, 13-14, 16-23, and 26-31
Open 3 pm to 9 pm November 24, and December 1, 8, 15, and 24 (Closed Christmas Day)
Note: The operating schedule is always open to change, so if you want to be completely sure, check the hours on the Busch Gardens Williamsburg website or call the Busch Gardens Williamsburg phone number: 800-343-7946.
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