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Dr. Seuss is arguably the most beloved and well-known author of all-time — kids learn his rhymes and zany creatures before they even know their ABCs! But did you know that Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) lived in our very own La Jolla for several decades? The city has claimed him as a hometown hero 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 delightful work.

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: Manuel Harlan/The Old Globe

The Old Globe Presents Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax
Take in a vibrant, thrilling theatrical production of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, which will run July 3 – August 12, 2018 at The Old Globe. This classic tale will stick with kids long after the curtain goes down, for its sentimental moral to take care of nature and the earth.

Additional Fun to be Done: Before The Lorax arrives, see The Old Globe’s 20th annual production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas this upcoming holiday season.

The Old Globe Theater
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, Ca 92101

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

Where else do you go for Dr. Seuss inspo around San Diego? Tell us in the comments!

Michelle Franklin