Busch Gardens Hours & 2017 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 25 - 10 am to 10 pm 
  • Open March 26 and March 30 - 10 am to 18 pm


April Hours

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

  • Open every weekday in April (except April 24-27) - 10 am to 8 pm
  • Open Saturdays - 10 am to 10 pm 
  • Open Sundays - 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 5, 12, and 19 (10 am - 8 pm) and May 26 (10 am to 9 pm)
  • Open Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17, and 24 (10 am to 10 pm) 
  • Open Sundays, May 7, 14, and 21 (10 am to 8 pm) and May 28 (10 am to 10 pm)
  • Open Monday, May 29 (10 am to 9 pm), as well as Tuesday/Wednesday, May 30-31 (10 am - 6 pm) 

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June Hours

Busch Gardens hours in June - open every day

  • Open all Sundays - 10 am-9 pm 
  • Open all Saturdays - 10 am to 10 pm
  • Open Fridays June 2, 9, 16, and 23 - 10 am-9 pm (June 30 - 10 am to 10 pm)
  • Open weekdays June 1, and 5-8 - 10 am-6 pm 
  • Open weekdays June 12-15, 10 am-7 pm 
  • Open weekdays June 19-22 - 10 am-8 pm
  • Open weekdays June 26-29 - 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 1-3, 7-10, 14-17 - open 10 am - 9 pm
  • Open weekdays, August 21-24, 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 1-3 - 10 am to 10 pm 
  • Open September 4 - 10 am to 7 pm 
  • Open Sept. 9-10 
  • Howl-O-Scream - Open Sept. 23-24 and 30 - 10 am to 10 pm
  • Howl-O-Scream - Open Sept. 29 - noon to 10 pm

October Hours - "Howl-O-Scream"!

  • Open weekends only
  • 10 pm to 10 pm on Sundays
  • 10 am to 12 am Saturdays
  • Noon - 11 pm Fridays
  • 5 pm to 11 pm Thursdays Oct. 19 and 26
  • Haunted hours generally start around 6 pm
  • Last day is Oct. 29.

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. 24 and runs on select dates through Dec. 31
  • Christmas Town is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, and then daily Dec. 4-24, 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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