Busch Gardens Hours & 2016 Operating Schedule

Here's the Busch Gardens hours and operating schedule for the spring/summer season, Howl-O-Scream, and Christmas Town!

Last year, park opening hours varied widely by date, which made it hard to keep track of when you needed to arrive to get the most out of the park.

But for 2015, they've settled down and park hours now start at 10 am each open day, although closing times still vary quite a bit. 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.)




2016 Busch Gardens Hours

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March Hours

Pass Member Preview Day - To be announced

  • Opening day - March 20 - 10 am to 6 pm 
  • Open daily March 21-25 and arch 27-31 - 10 am to 8 pm 
  • Open March 26 - 10 am to 10 pm


April Hours

The park is open everyday April 1-10, then weekends the rest of the month.  

  • Open weekdays April 4-7  - 10 am to 8 pm
  • Open Saturdays, April 2, 9, 16, and 23 - 10 am to 10 pm 
  • Open Fridays and Sundays, April 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, and 29 - 10 am to 8 pm 



May Hours

The park is open Fri, Sat, and Sun all month, and closed Mon-Thursdays until May 30. It is open everyday starting May 30.

  • Open all Fridays May 6, 13, 20 (10 am - 8 pm) and May 27 (10 am to 9 pm)
  • Open Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28 (10 am to 10 pm) 
  • Open Sundays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 (10 am to 8 pm) and May 29 (10 am to 10 pm)
  • Open Monday, May 30 (10 am to 8 pm), Tuesday, May 31 (10 am - 9 pm) 

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June Hours

Busch Gardens hours in June - open every day

  • Open all Sundays and Fridays - 10 am-9 pm 
  • Open all Saturdays - 10 am to 10 pm
  • Open weekdays June 1-2, 6-9 - 10 am-6 pm 
  • Open weekdays June 13-16, 10 am-7 pm 
  • Open weekdays June 20-23 - 10 am-8 pm
  • Open weekdays June 27-30 - 10 am-9 pm


July Hours

Busch Gardens hours in July - open every day

  • Open Fridays - 10 am to 10 pm
  • Open Saturday, July 2, Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4 - 10 am to 11 pm
  • Open all other Saturdays and Sundays- 10 am to 10 pm
  • Open all other Mondays-Thursdays - 10 am -9 pm


August Hours

Busch Gardens hours in August - open every day

  • Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10 am to 10 pm
  • Open weekdays, August 1-5, 8-11, 14-17 - open 10 am - 9 pm
  • Open weekdays, August 22-25, 28-31 - 10 am-8 pm 


September Hours

Busch Gardens hours in September - open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only (exception: Open on Labor Day too; closed Friday, Sept. 6).

  • Open September 1 - 10 am to 8 pm 
  • Open September 2-4 - 10 am to 10 pm 
  • Open Sept. 5 - 10 am to 7 pm 
  • Open Sept. 10-11, and 17-18 - 10 am to 6 pm (end of summer season)
  • Open weekends, Sept. 23-25 and Sept. 30 for Howl-O-Scream (10 am to 10 pm)

October Hours - "Howl-O-Scream"!

  • Open weekends only
  • Open Oct. 1 and Sundays - 10 am to 10 pm 
  • Open Fridays/Saturdays - 10 am to 11 pm. Last day is Oct. 30.

Click here for Howl-O-Scream facts, ticket deals & coupons.




November-December Hours - "Christmas Town"

***Note that Christmas Town is a separate ticketed event, and NOT included in season passes or Fun Cards.

  • Christmas Town starts Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 31
  • Christmas Town is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-24, and Dec. 26-31 - 2 pm to 10 pm
  • Open New Year's Day - 2 pm to 9 pm
  • Closed Christmas Day

For discount ticket tips, photos, and more on Christmas Town, click here.


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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