Busch Gardens Hours & 2018 Operating Schedule

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

In the past, 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.

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But in recent years, 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.)




Busch Gardens Hours

March Hours

  • Opening day - March 24 - 10 am to 10 pm 
  • Open March 31- 10 am to 10 pm
  • Open March 24-March 30 - 10 am to 8 pm


April Hours

The park is open everyday April 1-8, then weekends the rest of the month.  

  • Open every weekday and Saturday in April - 10 am to 10 pm
  • Open Fridays, April 6, 13, and 20 - 10 am to 8 pm 
  • Open Sundays, April 15, 22, and 29 - 10 am to 8 pm 



May Hours

The park is open Fri, Sat, and Sun all month, and closed Mon-Thurs. until May 28. It is open everyday starting May 27.

  • Open all Fridays, May 4, 11, and 18 - 10 am - 8 pm
  • Open Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, and 26 - 10 am to 10 pm
  • Open Sundays, May 6, 13, and 20 - 10 am to 8 pm (open 10-10 on the 27th)
  • Open Friday, May 25 and Monday, May 28 - 10 am to 9 pm
  • Open Tues-Thurs, May 29-31 - 10 am to 6 pm

For Water Country USA hours, click here.

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June Hours

Busch Gardens hours in June - open every day

  • Open Fridays and Sundays - 10 am-9 pm (except Friday, May 29, which is 10-10)
  • Open all Saturdays - 10 am to 10 pm
  • Open weekdays June 4-7 - 10 am-6 pm 
  • Open weekdays June 11-14, 10 am-7 pm 
  • Open weekdays June 18-21 - 10 am-8 pm
  • Open weekdays June 25-28 - 10 am-9 pm


July Hours

Busch Gardens hours in July - open every day

  • Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays - 10 am to 10 pm
  • Open July 3-4 - 10 am to 11 pm
  • Open all other weekdays - 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 1-2, 6-9, 13-16 - open 10 am - 9 pm
  • Open weekdays, August 20-23, 27-30 - 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 1-2 - 10 am to 10 pm 
  • Open September 3 - 10 am to 7 pm 
  • Open Sept. 8-9 - Noon to 6 pm 
  • Howl-O-Scream - Open weekends Sept. 15-30 - 10 am to 10 pm Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 pm on Fridays 

October Hours - "Howl-O-Scream"

***Note that Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed event, and NOT included in summer Fun Cards. However, it is now included in season passes.

  • Open weekends only
  • 10 pm to 10 pm on Sundays
  • 10 am to 12 am Saturdays
  • Noon - 11 pm Fridays
  • Haunted hours generally start around 6 pm
  • Last day is Oct. 28.

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 summer Fun Cards. However, it is now included in season passes.

  • Christmas Town starts Nov. 17 and runs on select dates through Jan. 1
  • Christmas Town is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Nov. 17-18, Nov. 23-25, and Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, and then daily Dec. 7-24, and Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 - 2 pm to 10 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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