Alvarado, Texas, w is a great place to find small town living with access to the amenities, sights, and attractions of the city. Like all of Texas, the weather is hot in the summer, but comfortable throughout the rest of the year. There is some risk of tornado and hurricane weather in season. Alvarado Park Lake lies only two miles out of town, and makes a nice place to go boating, fishing, or picnicking. Alvarado Parkway Park is a nice family park which includes skateboard and playground facilities. Alvarado also has a thriving public library which offers many interesting options and programs. For instance, a writers' group meets there weekly for learning and encouragement. You can also attend children's, teens', and adults' movie showings or play interactive games while there. In August of every year, the city hosts the "Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion," which is billed as the premier homecoming event for the state of Texas. It is a week-long fair with live music, carnival rides, and more. For the young and the young at heart, Country Critters Farm is a fun place to visit. Here you can enjoy the petting zoo, pumpkin patch, tractor and train rides, mazes, and more throughout the seasons. Country Critters Farm is located on County Road 617. For those who are a little more adventurous, DFW Pro Paintball Park offers a chance for members to experience paintball play at its best.