This place was amazing. I walked from hotel and got a $3 discount for alternative transport on top of a discounted ticket I got with my student ID (still $20). The rainforest is absolutely amazing. I loved looking at the critters along the walkway and reading the info provided. There are butterflies, birds, insects, amphibians, and other coldblooded animals - no mammals. I also caught a show at the planetarium about earthquakes. The aquarium had animals that I had never seen before including catfish that swim upside down. There was also an interesting area covering mating habits with interactive ipads. Baby ostriches and info on evolution were also amazing. Expensive but well worth it. Please visit!!
The only con was that the captions in the aquarium were electronic and instead of showing info on all 3 animals, the screen would only explain one at a time and if you wanted to read about all 3 animals you'd have to stay for a long time. And sometimes the screen would be stuck on page 2/3 the whole time. That was the most annoying part. The African exhibit was also a little lacking (except the penguins) because most of the animals were stuffed, no live lions or anything.
I would mark value at 5 because I personally don't mind paying to support such an amazing place, nature, and the sciences. But some might think it is too expensive.