August can be crazy hot in August, but the crowds will not be crazy. We save that for Grand Illumination Sunday in December (Dec. 6 this year, in case anyone was wondering). As was mentioned on your thread in April, avoid the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) mainly for traffic reasons. Also try to time your comings and goings to avoid rush hours during the week. Since BG will be open until 8 p.m. during that week, you can stay until 6 (or later) and avoid the evening rush.
Tuesday and Wednesday are your best bets.
Hi joenronnie, we are seasons-pass holders so we go to BG quite frequently & we prefer Sundays when it comes to avoiding both crowds & traffic. We live about 20 minutes from the park, so we travel the interstate just as you would be doing, & Sunday interstate traffic really isn't bad going towards Williamsburg. It's usually worse going towards the beach, but only during the day, so if you spend the day at Busch Gardens & will be heading back toward the beach in the evening it should be smooth sailing for you.
Any weekday would probably be ok regarding crowds for the most part (although many families do choose the weeks in August for their vacations before school starts). But the weekdays are so touch-n-go regarding traffic. If you do choose to go during a weekday, try not to be driving around morning rush hours- 7am-9am (BG doesn't open until 10am anyway), also the lunch rush hour-11:30am-1:30pm, & evening rush hours-4:30pm-6:30pm.
And, yes for both traffic & crowds combined, definitely stay away from Fri & Sat!
Hope that helps!
You guys mind if I ask this hear, rather than creating a new thread...?
In the past we've visited Williamsburg during the week immediate following Labor Day (staying Tuesday through Monday, effectively). It's always been great... The weather was warm though not too bad, and BG/WC was only open on the weekends and the crowds were minimal.
We haven't visited in a few years, and this year we're going to instead be visiting the week right before Labor Day, leaving the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/5).
So, long story short, since we've always visited while the travel season was "over", we've always taken the light crowds for granted. My question is, how much difference does a week make (at BG/WC/CW)? Does anyone have a good idea of how much (if at all) busier everything will be?
Sorry about the typo, above (hear rather than here)...
Local schools start September 8 this year, so there's a good chance that last week before Labor Day could be pretty crowded, as families try to get their last visit in before the start of the school year.
We are arriving June 13 around noon, and will be there Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before leaving on Tuesday (quick trip). Hoping we are good for timing!! And VERY excited!
For a Saturday afternoon - would it be best to just avoid?
Just to update from our trip with our 2-year-old:
We visited Busch Gardens on a Saturday evening, Water Country Sunday morning/evening, and Busch Gardens Monday evening. (June 13-ish)
Absolutely loved both parks, very clean, and will definitely return in future years. (I'd almost say as clean or cleaner than Hershey Park in Pennsylvania.) Even when our daughter took off running in Busch Gardens at the excitement of seeing Sesame Forest, and fell skinning both knees badly before I could get the words out of my mouth "don't run", the staff was awesome. I've never had to deal with First Aid in an amusement park, but the folks at Busch Gardens took fantastic care of us. The water park was almost "no lines" at 7:00 in the evening (one hour prior to closing).
We were in Williamsburg following a week in Orlando, trying to get the most out of our Sea World platinum passes. Loved both the parks there in Williamsburg!! For our two-year-old, there was more for her to do in Williamsburg vs Orlando. (In Orlando, being there 8 nights we visited SeaWorld, Aquatica, Busch-Tampa, and also Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure). We also especially appreciated the included premium parking in Williamsburg at the Busch properties. :)
Very highly recommend these two parks in Williamsburg for families, even if you have a 36-inch little one. So much to do.
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