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RTE as Seen on HGTV Smart Home 2021!

Ty Pennington et al. standing next to a lake

The RTE team recently got a chance to appear on HGTV in HGTV’s Smart Home 2021!  For this year’s show, HGTV selected Naples, Florida as the location to build a technologically advanced home that will be awarded to the winner of the sweepstakes along with a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet and $100,000.00 (ENTER HERE).


Ty Pennington et al. standing next to a lake

To highlight what makes this area so special and take a break from the construction and design of this amazing smart home, hosts Ty Pennington & Carmen Johnston joined guides Ryan & Winston of Rising Tide Explorers for a kayaking adventure into the mangrove tunnels of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve!  Ty and Carmen were a lot of fun and excited to learn about this incredible place as we explored one of the largest mangrove forests in the world together.  They were both full of life and had lots of great questions, excited to learn about this unique natural area and it’s wildlife while we ‘MOVED THAT YAK’ through the winding mangrove tunnels (Sorry Ty…had to do it).

We found a few critters along our journey including sea stars, lightning whelks, crown conchs, banded tulips, and a number of our local wading birds including a Great Blue Heron (AKA ‘GBH’ or Estuary Pterodactyl).  It was a great adventure, and you can see it all on HGTV Smart Home 2021!  Both Captain Ryan and Winston had a great time sharing our favorite place with Ty, Carmen, and the entire Country on HGTV!  Check out a some photos from the shoot and learn how to watch the episode below!

a man riding on the back of a boat in the water Ty Pennington & Carmen Johnston a group of people riding on the back of a boat in the water
Ty and Carmen getting into a bit of ‘bumper boats’ in the skinny mangrove tunnels


Where can I watch Rising Tide Explorers on HGTV Smart Home 2021?

HGTV Smart Home 2021 will air on April 21st, 2021 at 7:00PM EDT or you can stream it through the HGTV website by logging in with your TV provider.  Click the link below to stream the episode now!


TIP: *You can see all the kayaking action with RTE right around minute 30 of the episode.

You can also catch the broadcast on HGTV during special encore presentations of the episode on:

  • Tuesday, May 4th @ 8AM
  • Thursday, May 13th @ 1PM
  • Wednesday, May 26th @ 11AM
  • Monday, May 31st @ 8AM
  • Friday, June 1st @ 1PM

*All times are Eastern and be sure to check your television guide for any changes!

Check out our partners at the Friends of Rookery Bay & our friends at the Naples Botanical Garden featured in the ‘Take a Naples Nature Tour’ video on the HGTV Smart Home 2021 website!  Keep an eye out for our ecotour boats Tringa and Dino Days, shots of Keewaydin Island, and the Environmental Learning Center!

How can you explore the estuaries of SWFL with the biologist guides of Rising Tide Explorers?

Get out on the water with Naples & Marco Island’s favorite ecotour company featured on HGTV’s Smart Home 2021!  Join the region’s only biologist guides and the exclusive ecotour partners of the Friends on Rookery Bay for a kayak tour, boat tour, or explore on your own with kayak and paddleboard rentals with free delivery!

To make a reservation:

Call us at (239)734-3231



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