If you live outside the Sun Belt, chances are you’re ready for spring—for warmth, more daylight, and let’s face it, a little color thank you. If you live in the Northeast, there’s a fix on the horizon: The Philadelphia International Flower Show, which opens at the city’s convention center this Sunday, March 4, and runs through March 11, 2012. And this year’s theme—Hawaii: Islands of Aloha—is a sure tonic for the winter-weary craving a dose of the tropics.

The 183-year-old show will feature a Hawaiian rainforest installation, floral volcanoes, the world’s largest display of white orchids, even a 25-foot waterfall. But this year’s event is also abloom with technology in a major way—massive video and sensory experiences, including a simulated wall of “crashing waves.” Plus, there's a “Man Cave’’ with big-screen TVs, an online store, and nifty mobile apps for your smart phone and tablet with everything from schedules of lectures and demos to the ability to log real-time votes for flower competitions.

If you can’t go to Hawaii over the coming week, Philadelphia is a pretty darn good stand in.

Admission: Adults ($27); Children ($15). Visit for complete show details. And for info on what to do while in Philadelphia, go to

Adrien Glover is the deputy digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photos courtesy of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society.