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Crete and Beyond

Founded in 1870, Crete is a friendly college town of fewer than 10,000 people. From railroad laborers, factory workers and farmers, everyone who has called Crete home have helped shape its cultural diversity, hard-work ethic, and friendly demeanor. 


Nebraska's state capital, Lincoln offers shopping, nightlife, college and minor league sports, parks and trails, concerts and more! 


A little over an hour away is Omaha, Nebraska's largest city. It's home to the College World Series, The Henry Doorly Zoo and an eclectic arts and entertainment district called The Old Market. 


Crete has a small but lively collection of places to eat off-campus. From Latin American to Chinese to Pizza, there are plenty of places to enjoy a good meal.

‘Elevate’ Your Workout

Owned by personal trainers, Elevate Nutrition is the student-athlete’s must-stop shop for healthy protein shakes and coffees, energizing teas and more!

Stay Wired at our Favorite Cafes

Whether it’s The Brew House or Artisan Mark, Crete has a place for students to sit down, relax and catch up with friends after a busy week.


Whether you have a last-minute event or need new windshield wipers for your car, Crete has a variety of shopping options. From big-box stores and familiar chains to unique shops and markets, there’s small-town charm aplenty.

Uncover Farm-Fresh Finds at Crete's Farmers Market

From fresh-cut flowers, homemade soap, and fresh produce you’ll find great things to make your dorm room feel like home in no time.

Search for Vintage Treasures at New Beginnings

Whether you’re in the market for pillows, a wall hanging, artwork or other knick-knacks New Beginnings Thrift Store is a multi-level treasure trove waiting to be explored. At affordable prices, you can deck out your dorm and expand your closet without hurting your wallet.


With all the fun activities Doane has to do on campus, you’ll never get bored during the week! However, if you’re looking for something to do on the weekend, or just wanting to adventure off campus, Crete and the surrounding areas have plenty to keep you busy for a while.

Hit the Links at College Heights Country Club

The College Heights Country Club offers a fun outing for golfers of all skill levels. With practice facilities, a full bar and grill, and a golf shop, CHCC is sure to provide hours of fun and relaxation.

Respect Sincerity at the Great Pumpkin Festival

Get your Halloween costume early because the first weekend every October, Crete hosts their annual Great Pumpkin Festival and you won’t want to miss it! From carving demos to carnival games, live entertainment, and a pie-eating contest, this festival is the perfect way to welcome fall with your college friends!

Connect with Nature

There are lots of state parks and recreation areas around Crete for outdoor activities such as:

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Cycling
  • Hunting
  • Hiking and more!


From balloon rides to world-famous zoos, Doane University students can catch a cheap movie at a historic theatre, attend live shows and performances in Lincoln, or visit museums in Omaha.

Listen to your favorite hits, live at Pinnacle Bank Arena

Try cuisines from around the world in Lincoln's Haymarket

Visit Lions, Tigers, and Bears at the Henry Doorly Zoo