Busch Gardens Hours & 2015 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.)




2015 Busch Gardens Hours

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March Hours

Pass Member Preview Day - March 21

  • Opening day - March 27 - 10 am to 7 pm 
  • Open daily March 28-31 - 10 am to 8 pm 


April Hours

The park is open everyday April 1-12, then weekends the rest of the month.  

  • Open weekdays April 1-3 and 5-10  - 10 am to 8 pm
  • Open Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25 - 10 am to 10 pm 
  • Open Fridays and Sundays - 10 am to 8 pm 



May Hours

The park is open Fri, Sat, and Sun all month, and closed Mon-Thursdays the first two weeks. It is open everyday starting May 22.

  • Open all Fridays May 1, 8, 15, and 22 (10 am - 8 pm) and May 29 (10 am to 9 pm)
  • Open Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (10 am to 10 pm) 
  • Open Sundays, May 3, 10, 17 (10 am - 8 pm) and May 24 (10 am to 10 pm) and May 31 (10 am to 9 pm) 
  • Open Monday, May 25 (10 am to 8 pm), Tuesday, May 26-Thursday, May 28 (10 am - 6 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 1-4, 10 am-6 pm 
  • Open weekdays June 7-11, 10 am-7 pm 
  • Open weekdays June 22-25, and June 29-30, 10 am-9 pm


July Hours

Busch Gardens hours in July - open every day

Park is open 10 am-9 pm everyday, and Fridays and Saturdays, when it closes at 10 pm. EXCEPTION: Park stays open to 11 pm July 3-5.


August Hours

Busch Gardens hours in August - open every day

  • Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10 am to 10 pm
  • Open weekdays, August 3-6, 10-13, 17-20- open 10 am -9 pm
  • Open weekdays, August 24-27 - 10 am-8 pm 
  • Open August 31 - 10 am-7 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 1-3, and 7 - 10 am to 7 pm 
  • Open September 4-6, and 25-27 - 10 am to 10 pm 
  • Open weekends, Sept. 12-13, 19-20, 10 am to 6 pm 
  • Howl-O-Scream begins Sept. 25

October Hours - "Howl-O-Scream"!

  • Open weekends only
  • Open Oct. 2-4, and Sundays, Sept. 11, 18, and 25 - 10 am to 10 pm 
  • Open Fridays/Saturdays - Sept. 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31 - 10 am to 11 pm. Last day is Nov. 1.

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.

  • Last day of Howl-O-Scream is Nov. 1 (10 am to 10 pm)
  • Christmas Town starts Nov. 27 and runs through Dec. 31
  • Christmas Town is open Fridays and Saturday, Nov. 27-28, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, Dec. 18-23, and closed Dec. 26-30 (2 pm to 10 pm)
  • Open Sundays Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13-17, Christmas Eve, and Dec. 31 (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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