Ready to explore Dr. Seuss treasures all over the city? “Oh the places you’ll go!” We’ve found several spots where you can spy the magic of Dr. Seuss––from beholding the original Lorax tree to seeing the largest collection of Dr. Seuss items in the world! Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) lived in La Jolla for several decades and signs of his wacky, wonderful work abound all over town. Your kids may not like green eggs and ham, but they’re guaranteed to love these real-life examples of Dr. Seuss’s zany work. Read on for where to go!

photo: dailymatador via Flickr

The Original Lorax Tree
We all know Lorax trees aren’t real, but this Monterey Cypress in Scripps Park is believed to be the inspiration behind Dr. Seuss’s famous creation (he could see it from his studio). You have to admit, the resemblance is uncanny! There is no plaque or official designation, but if you ask a local where the Lorax tree is, they’ll undoubtedly point you in this direction.

Additional Fun to Be Done: Scripps Park is a perfect spot for a picnic, so pack a lunch and a blanket!

Ellen Browning Scripps Park
1180 Coast Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037

photo: O Palsson via Flickr

The Geisel Library
Located on the University of California San Diego campus, this iconic library was renamed after Dr. Seuss (whose real name is Theodore Seuss Geisel) in 1995. It houses the largest collection of Dr. Seuss items in the world, including manuscripts, drawings and photos. Because the items are so precious, access is strictly limited. But the public can view the collection when the library displays them over the summer and during Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebrations on March 2nd.

Additional Fun to Be Done: Visit the nearby campus bookstore to pick up Seuss supplies like pencils and T-shirts.

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093
Hours vary depending on time of year.

photo: Alan Cordova via Flickr

Bronze Statue of Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat
Also located on the UC San Diego campus is a bronze statue of Dr. Seuss and arguably his most famous creation, the Cat in the Hat. Created to celebrate 100 years of Dr. Seuss, this life-size statue features Seuss at his desk while a 7.5-foot tall Cat in the Hat looks mischievously over his shoulder.

Additional Fun to Be Done: Your budding art majors are sure to love Niki de St. Phalle’s “Sun God” and Tim Hawkinson’s “Bear” statues also located on campus.

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093

photo: Annie P via Yelp

Legends Gallery
This art gallery, located in downtown La Jolla, specializes in “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss,” showcasing 70 years of Seuss’s paintings and sculptures. In addition to the whimsical images children love, there are also more satirical works, including several poking fun at high society. The entire collection is also viewable online, but there’s nothing quite like seeing his artwork in person.

Additional Fun to Be Done: Visit the nearby Cave Store, home of the Sunny Jim Sea Cave, which offers a unique view of La Jolla Cove.

Legends Gallery
1205 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037

Cave Store
1325 Coast Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037

photo: Clay Gilliland via Flickr

Hotel del Coronado
Dr. Seuss could see the red-shingled roof of the landmark Hotel Del from his studio and that got him dreaming. In 1970 he painted “I Dreamed I was a Doorman at the Hotel del Coronado,” a riot of whimsical angles and colors. Why not head over the bridge and see what had Seuss so smitten? Over the years the hotel has hosted numerous movie stars, politicians and artists, but you don’t need to book a room to enjoy a stroll on the property or lunch on the patio.

Additional Fun to Be Done: With direct beach access, make sure you find a comfy spot in the sand at dusk to watch the gorgeous sunsets.

Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA 92118

photo: Leah R. Singer

Sanford Children’s Library
Kids will be in awe of the towering 16-foot tall wall murals depicting classic Dr. Seuss characters at the Sanford Children’s Library. They’ll also delight in seeing a historical first edition of Dr. Seuss stories.

Additional Fun to be Done: Don’t miss having a gander at the vintage collection from L. Frank Baum’s Oz books while you’re there.

Read all about Sanford Children’s Library here.


San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

—Michelle Franklin & Beth Shea